Test Dining Guide Asian
- BANGKOK THAI 3904 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 989-2910
Daily: Lunch and DinnerBangkok Thai's menu presents a plethora of Thai staples juxtaposed with Vietnamese and Chinese fares. Try the papaya salad - a blend of papaya, tomato, lime juice and fish sauce for a refreshingly light starter or go for the red curry mixed with fried rice for bold and authentic flavors straight from Asia.
- bonsai sushi Express 4480 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 534-0300
Daily: Lunch and DinnerBonsai Sushi Express is an ultra-quick way to pick up your rolls to go. The Johnston Street location has a bright red roof that's hard to miss, and it serves all of the standard rolls for drive-through, plus an extended menu for call-in orders that includes a Nemo Roll that doesn't include rice, but packs salmon, tuna, escolar, yellowtail, snow crab, black and citrus tobiko and avocado in soy paper. Bonsai recently expanded to include a smaller version of the express menu in the Acadiana Mall so shoppers can enjoy the same expedient service there.
- CHINA ONE chinaonelafayette.com
2668 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 234-8299
Daily: Lunch and DinnerChina One prides itself on not using MSG in its food, but that doesn't limit the extensive menu. The daily lunch special is $4.75 for your choice of entree plus a choice between soup or a soda and a side of rice. Check out the moo shu, which is basically an Asian version of fajitas that comes with a gorgeous hoisin sauce. A quart of wonton soup is a few dollars less. Everything is made fresh to order and rarely takes more than 10 minutes - if you call ahead it's ready to go when you arrive.
- china wok www.chinawoklafayette.com
2429 W Congress St. Suite L, Lafayette (Map) - 269-6069
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerServing standard Chinese-American fare with lunch specials all going for $5.99 apiece, combination platters and appetizers. The sesame chicken is a must, or check out the hot Szechuan roast pork. The restaurant also has a health-conscious menu with steamed shrimp or chicken with fresh vegetables.
- CHUNG KING RESTAURANT 5451 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 988-3486
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThe sushi bar here is a sleeper tucked away in a corner. With a mere eight seats, it feels like a traditional cozy Tokyo neighborhood fresh fish joint, all personal service and simple fare. The Mongolian Grill is a local favorite, and the varied menu of Chinese dishes includes Happy Family special, which pairs shrimp or beef with scallops and vegetables, and the Shanghai Shrimp, served in a zesty tomato sauce.
- DOZO www.dozolafayette.com
4702 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 993-9588
Monday-Saturday: DinnerAlan Yen, who has been serving superb sushi and hibachi at his restaurant Shangri-La for the past 10 years, decided to re-imagine the hibachi experience. Every element, from the appetizer starter, soup, salad and especially the sauces that accompany the seafood dishes contribute to an East-meets-West flavor profile. Best bet is the Brandy Duck Breast, grilled medium rare, sauced with a flambe of brandy and teriyaki reduction, and garnished with slices of grilled apple. Dozo's equally ambitious sushi bar hits just the right note with aficionados.
- FORMOSA GARDENS www.formosala.com
3902 Johnston St., Lafayette 989-8418 (Map) - 989-8418
Daily: Lunch and DinnerFormosa Gardens serves a Chinese buffet and sushi bar. Call in your order to pick it up in the drive-thru or have it delivered to your house. If you're looking to dine on a dime, check out the lunch special for $6.50 or dinner starting at $8.75.
- GOLDEN WOK www.goldenwoklafayette.com
1809 W Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 593-8222
Daily: Lunch and DinnerFamed for its take-out buffet - you can also dine in - sold by the pound, Golden Wok does pepper pork and cream cheese wontons better than anyone. You can use its online ordering system, too, and all the popular items are grouped at the top of the page.
- HAINAM www.hainamasianbuffet.com
2330 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 534-8057
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThis buffet is complete with freshly baked seafood at dinner and freshly prepared vegetables, and the restaurant prides itself on serving a mixture of Asian and Cajun delights. The prices here are a steal - $7.95 for the enormous lunch buffet, or 50 cents per piece of sushi. You can look at the options - vegetables, sprouts, rice, noodles and meats - and put it on a plate. The man or woman operating the hibachi makes your meal right there in front of you using the sauces, if any, that you want as part of your meal.
- LOTUS GARDEN 2865 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 981-0288
Daily: Lunch and DinnerEating at Lotus Garden is like a trip to the Far East - with stops in China, Japan and Vietnam. The buffet offers dishes like ginger shrimp, Hunan barbecue pork and California sushi rolls. Soft shell crabs frequently make cameos on the buffet. Beef, squid and chicken sizzle on a Mongolian grill. But the best bet is the national dish of Vietnam, pho, a rich noodle soup, which comes with chicken, beef and shrimp.
- MAESONe NOODLE HOUSE 4807 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 406-0850
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerThis noodle house introduced pho, a Vietnamese beef and noodle soup, to Lafayette and has since generated a loyal following of folks who now know how to eat soup with chopsticks. Lao, Thai and Vietnamese rice and noodle dishes offer a wide variety of southeastern Asian flavors - when in doubt, go with the Pad Thai, easily one of the best in town. Try the Larb, a Lao beef salad, Thai eggplant in a rich brown sauce or the tender spring rolls dipped in a fiery garlic/chili sauce. Don't forget to carry in your alcohol of choice: Noodle House is strictly BYOL.
- MAGIC WOK www.oishi-sushi.com
2944 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 237-8311
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: LunchYou can tell a sushi master by the quality of his rice, and at Oishi the rolls are beautifully, loosely coiled so you can taste each grain. Lots of the fresh fish rolls come with a soy paper and sesame seed wrapping instead of the standard seaweed, for a delicate change. The uni, a highly perishable sea urchin much prized by the Japanese for its sweet briny flavor, is absolutely fresh and superb here. Most of the business is take-out, but there are three small tables for eat-in diners.
- OSAKA SUSHI GRILL www.osakasushilafayette.com
2809 Johnston St., Lafayette 264-9997 (Map) - 264-9997
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: DinnerLocated in the South College Shopping Center, Osaka rolls out all-you-can-eat sushi weekdays. House specials include the Yami-Yami, a California roll topped with tuna, avocado and a sweet ginger sauce; Bento Boxes, and hibachi-grilled lobster, filet, shrimp or chicken. When available, the green mint tea ice cream is a harmony of refreshing, soothing comfort without making one feel guilty.
- PANDA HOUSE www.pandahousefood.com/
1812 W. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette (Map) - 266-5370
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThis restaurant popped up just where there was an Asian void in Lafayette, and its crab rangoon is a sure bet. All meals are served with fried rice and a wonton or egg drop soup. There's also a diet menu for those aiming to maintain their figures.
- PEKING GARDEN RESTAURANT www.pgjapanese.com
4416 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 984-1290
Daily: Dinner; Saturday and Sunday: LunchHibachi cooking turns out great grilled food while providing non-stop entertainment from a chef who can juggle eggs on his spatula while flaming strip steak. Peking Garden has been specializing in hibachi cooking for 30 years. Dinner is a set menu; choose from a selection of steak, filet mignon, chicken, scallops, shrimp and lobster. All hibachi dinners are accompanied by soup, salad, rice and ice cream. It's a great place to bring children who the chefs particularly try to entertain.
- PHO LY LY 701 S. Lewis St., New Iberia (Map) - 364-4067
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerNew Iberia's Pho secret is worth the drive. To start off, sample the Sugarcane Rolls: spring rolls prepared with a hunk of sugar cane skewering its vegetable innards, which are removed before being wrapped in tender rice paper and served. A perfect entree is the Spicy Honey Chicken, made with green and red peppers in a sauce garnished with scallions and broccoli overflowing from the plate. As far as pho goes, try the No. 30, which comes with round steak and meatballs.
- PHO SAIGON 120 Curran Lane, Suite K, Lafayette (Map) - 412-6195Build your own hot pot at Pho Saigon, throwing in vegetables and meats of your choosing. Many meals are served with French bread, and the plates are always brimming with sauce.
- RIKRAK www.cypressbayou.com
832 Martin Luther King Road, Charenton (Map) - 924-3334
Tuesday-Saturday: DinnerRikrak takes Asian-fusion to the bank with the classiest oriental restaurant in south Louisiana. Start with Rikrak's pork gyoza, ginger and pork in a dumpling. Then move on to the ribeye with Asian lime barbecue sauce; the ahi tuna pan seared with lemon butter and ginger mint sauce; or farm-raised sesame grilled duck with mandarin-peach chutney glaze. If you have room, hold out for the pineapple creme brulee.
- ROYAL PANDA www.royalpandabuffet.com
2418 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 233-6368
Daily: Lunch and DinnerBoiled shrimp and sushi are always in abundance at Royal Panda's huge buffet, which also offers Chinese food mainstays like lo mein, fried rice and beef and broccoli. Royal Panda will also serve sushi a la carte by request and on the buffet. The buffet holds snow crabs at night and on Sundays, but it costs a little extra.
- SAIGON NOODLES www.saigonnoodleslafayette.com
2865 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 456-3317
Tuesday-Sunday: Lunch and DinnerThis restaurant is like the best kept secret that everyone knows about. For a departure from everyday spring rolls, try the autumn or winter rolls. The autumn wraps chives, mint leaves, fried wonton paper and pork patty in rice paper with Saigon pineapple dipping sauce; winter is a mint leaves, cilantro and fried tofu with peanut dipping sauce. Try one of our favorite dishes, the Grilled Pork, Shrimp and Vermicelli Noodles (Bun Tom, Thit, Nuong, Cha Gio), which is served in a pedestal bowl.
- SAKURA SUSHI BAR AND GRILL www.sakuralafayette.com
3217 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 989-9698
Monday-Saturday: Lunch; Dinner DailySushi, sashimi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu, nabemono and donburi all get ace treatment at Sakura. If sushi starvation has you in its claw, Sakura has two huge rolls: the Big Katuna Roll, featuring fresh tuna, escolar, yellowtail, snow crab, masago and chef sauce wrapped in soy paper; and the Big Daddy roll, which marries spicy tuna, snow crab, escolar, chef special sauce and masago wrapped in soy paper, all lined with tuna on the outside. Sakura just keeps getting better with its new menu additions. Take a bite out of a sushi apple with the Golden Apple, a combination of toasted eel, snow crab, cucumber, avocado and tempura flakes all cut in the shape of an apple, or a different kind of spice in the Dynamite Roll, which showcases chili spices.
- SAMURAI SUSHI BAR 3545 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 993-2433
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday-Sunday: DinnerWhether you're in the mood for seafood or meat off the sizzling hibachi grill or some imaginative sushi rolls, Shangri-La has options for every palate. For starters, try the Ragin' Cajun, which includes crab paste, crab stick and avocado topped with baked chili crawfish, and the Shangri-La, made with tuna, salmon, crab, avocado and bonito flakes. Shangri-La has dreamed up some dessert rolls as well. The Sweet Summer is made with crab paste, shrimp tempura and cream cheese, topped with mango and sweet mayo, while the Hawaiian Beach rolls shrimp tempura and crab paste under a fruity blanket of strawberry, banana and coconut sauce.
- SHINTO 3810 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 406-0024
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThe hibachi grill and sushi bar are always hopping at this Japanese restaurant, and there's an abundance of special rolls on the menu. Two local faves are the Rock Star: fresh yellow tail tuna and salmon, wrapped in soy paper and topped with snow crab, crunchy spicy mayo and eel sauce; and the Lafayette Hot Roll: fresh salmon, tuna, whitefish, crab stick, snow crab, avocado and cream cheese, wrapped and deep fried then topped with spicy mayo, eel sauce and chili sauce.
- THAI CUISINE www.thaicuisinellc.com
607 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 261-0000
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerFrom one of the best buffets in town to delicious spring rolls, Thai Cuisine is consistently spectacular. If you are feeling adventurous, go for one of its curry dishes. The Gaeng Khai Wan, or the spicy Thai green curry dish with your choice of meat, is one of our favorite dishes. Coconut milk, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, baby corn, green beans, eggplant and sweet basil all coexist in this dish that mixes the best of Thai cuisine with Indian influences. Try the house specialty, the Thai Cuisine fried rice, cooked with hot basil and topped with a Thai-style fried egg.
- TOKYO LIVE www.tokyolive.us
1601 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 236-6251
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: Dinner; Sunday: BruncEnjoy a classic hibachi song and dance from a hibachi chef while overlooking the beautiful Vermilion River at Tokyo Live. The steak, hibachi grill and extensive sushi selection are delectable and it's the only Asian restaurant we know of that serves brunch. The Kanda Combo of steak and shrimp is a Hibachi grill specialty, while sushi lovers crave the Marilyn Monroe roll, a baked maki roll filled with crab meat, avocado and dynamite sauce, topped with salmon.
- TSUBAKI SUSHI 3564 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., (Map) - 981-3111
Daily: Lunch and DinnerSeared pork-stuffed dumplings are a great appetizer at Tsubaki Sushi. Follow up with the baked salmon roll, filled with salmon, crunchy shrimp, mussel sauce or the popular Rock-n-Roll, which has shrimp tempura, masago sauce, cucumber and spicy mayo. In the mood for saki? Venture to this eatery located right by the Acadiana Mall, and this rice liquor will only set you back a $1.
- TSUNAMI SUSHI www.servingsushi.com
412 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 234-3474
Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerFresh fish is delivered every day to the downtown mecca, the key to keeping the taste sea-spray clean. The combinations are legion. There are actually more speciality rolls off the menu than on it; the best way to find your favorite combination is to sit at the sushi bar and talk to the chef. Request the Transbestbite, an off-the-menu sushi roll extraordinaire that hosts spicy tuna, fresh asparagus, cream cheese and tempura shrimp all in one bite for $20. Another sinful specialty is the Cupcake roll - crunchy shrimp, asparagus, snow crab wrapped in soy paper then tempura battered and topped with masago mayo, scallions, sesame seeds and Tsunami sauce. The perfect pairing is saki, and Tsunami has a cellar holding a variety of premium bottles, best served cold. Try the moon-colored unfiltered, or a flavor-infused saki.
- TWIN DRAGON twindragon.chinesemenu.com
3803 Moss St., Lafayette (Map) - 572-8869
Daily: Lunch and DinnerTwin Dragon may be in the corner of a blink-and-you'll-miss-it strip mall, but that isn't a reason to overlook it. Food is served on real plates and not automatically in Styrofoam containers (unless of course it's to go). Here you can sub brown rice for white or fried, too. Enjoy the amazing dumplings you can try fried or steamed and the sweet salty sauce they come with, or the shrimp in lobster sauce. Open until 10 p.m. for your late-night Upper Lafayette cravings, or order online with its easy-to-use ordering system.
- 1895 CAJUN CUISINE AND PUB www.1895cajuncuisineandpub.com
1895 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 534-8955
Monday-Friday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: LunchThis family-owned and -operated eatery is dishing up home cooking just like mama made. Try the old fashioned hamburger steak that plates a beefy patty with mashed potatoes and gravy with green beans go for the gusto and add some grilled onions and cheese. Or, try one of the sandwiches like the crab cake poboy dressed with remoulade sauce and lettuce. Check out daily specials like steak night on Tuesdays and kids night on Wednesdays when all kids meals are half price. If it's Sunday, stop in for a tasty BBQ plate lunch with a choice of sides for only $9.50.
- ACADIANA POBOYS 2848 Verot School Road, Lafayette (Map) - 856-2511
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThis popular lunch and dinner spot was first established in Henderson in 1992. The menu offers a hearty sampling of Cajun fare, including gator burgers, shrimp, oyster and catfish poboys, Cajun-style burgers, and dinner plates of red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee and gumbo. If you are craving a muffuletta, this is your place to go.
- ALEXANDER'S AT THE HILTON LAFAYETTE 1521 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 235-6111 ext. 33
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerFrom pain perdu at breakfast to poboys for lunch, Alexander's steeps itself in Cajun cooking but offers many dishes with a twist. Try the lump crabmeat and boursin au gratin covered in velvety cream sauce and served with garlic croutons, or the shrimp, andouille and artichoke flatbread, which is served pizza-style. There's basic sandwiches and salads for lunch, and a variety of Cajun staples in dinner-sized portions, from shrimp creole to a seafood platter. For a little adventure, try the eggplant pirogue, a golden fried eggplant filled with shrimp and crabmeat etouffee.
- BLUE DOG Cafe www.bluedogcafe.com
1211 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 237-0005
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: Dinner; Sunday: BruncGeorge Rodrigue's iconic Blue Dog paintings line the walls of this Cajun-fusion Lafayette eatery and popular bar. The restaurant uses local ingredients with original twists. Choose an award-wining appetizer of seafood wontons, or a bowl of creamy corn and crab bisque. The crawfish enchiladas are crowd-pleaser, as well as the flavorfull crabmeat florentine. The Sunday morning brunch features some of Lafayette's best musical talent, with an unbelievable buffet for $22.95 and some of the city's best prime rib, omelets, crab cakes Benedict and free bottomless mimosas.
- Cafe DES AMIS www.cafedesamis.com
140 E. Bridge St., Breaux Bridge (Map) - 332-5273
Tuesday: Lunch; Wednesday-Thursday: Lunch and Dinner; Friday andThis Breaux Bridge icon was a historic general store built in 1890 and renovated by Dickie Breaux in 1992. Breaux's granddaughter Kathryn Landry Rogers is now at the helm to carry the restaurant forward. Cafe Des Amis is renowned for its upscale Cajun offerings like oven-roasted duck glazed with pepper jelly syrup or pecan-crusted catfish. Try the Crawfish and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake as an appetizer Louisiana crawfish and alligator sausage are melted with smoked Gouda and cream cheese, herbs and spices. The savory cheesecake is then baked and served with a creamy crawfish sauce. On Saturday mornings, the cafe is transformed into a dance hall for the world-famous Zydeco breakfast where diners spend hours dancing off the food they consumed. The beignets are not to be missed, as neither are the Got Boudin eggs topped with grilled boudin or Big Hat eggs smothered in crawfish etouffee or au gratin. In addition Zydeco on Saturday mornings, Cafe Des Amis also features live music from local bands on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings check the website for band listings.
- CAJUN CLAWS www.cajunclaws.com
1928 Charity St., Abbeville (Map) - 893-9437
Tuesday-Saturday: DinnerCajun Claws provides only the best when it comes to the Cajun crustaceans known as the crawfish. Starting in November, crawfish lovers flock to this famous Abbeville restaurant, but when these mudbugs aren't available, try one of the other seafood offerings like the fried shrimp basket. Cajun Claws demand is pretty high, so arrive early around 4 p.m. to get on the list and order a drink from the bar while you wait surrounded by people who know where to find good crawfish that's worth the wait.
- CRAWFISH TIME ON RIDGE 320 Ridge Road, Lafayette (Map) - 216-9955
Daily/Seasonal: DinnerPick up some steaming sacks of crawfish from the drive-thru or find a table inside where you can enjoy steaming platters of freshly boiled mudbugs. The indoor tables have holes in the middle into which you can sweep your shells, and hand-washing stations line a wall. It's a modest place, but they provide some of the best crawfish in town.
- CRAWFISH TOWN USA Restaurant www.crawfishtownusa.com
2815 Grand Point Hwy., Breaux Bridge (Map) - 667-6148
Daily: Lunch and DinnerNot many restaurants are equipped to give tours, but Crawfish Town likes to show off its superb crawfish operation. Purged in well water, Crawfish Town's boiled crawfish are clean and sweet, and the big barn of a restaurant can accommodate entire extended families seven days a week, year round. If you want non-crawfish seafood to go, stop by the fresh market next door where they sell pre-packaged dishes and high-quality fish and shellfish. Crawfish Town's other offerings include oysters on the half shell, blue point crabs and an enormous list of boiled or fried Louisiana seafood.
- DON'S SEAFOOD www.donsseafoodonline.com
4309 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 981-1141
Daily: Lunch and DinnerDon's Seafood (formerly Don's Seafood Hut) has every Cajun dish you could hope for, from fried crab fingers to crawfish etouffee and soft shell crab. The crawfish bisque is traditional, complete with a couple stuffed crawfish heads in the mix. The crabmeat au gratin is absolutely decadent, or choose a fish of the day with any number of seafood toppings from shrimp saute to a crawfish cream sauce. The bar has been updated with a grill for charbroiled oysters, but beware of the mixed drinks the bartenders don't skimp on the shots.
- DWIGHT'S 4800 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 981-1241, 984-3706
Sunday-Friday: Lunch; Dinner during crawfish season onlyDwight's Restaurant prides itself on being Acadiana's lunchtime experts, and serves up not only delicious Cajun staples but some mean barbecue plate lunches that change every day of the week. There are burgers, salads, poboys, sandwiches basically anything you could want in a lunchtime meal. During crawfish season, order Uncle Mark's Special: a single serving of two pounds of crawfish and one order of boiled shrimp with potatoes and corn.
- GATOR COVE www.gatorcove.com
2601 SE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette (Map) - 264-1263
Tuesday-Friday: Lunch; Monday-Saturday: DinnerThe Gator Cove grew from a barbecue lodge and opened its doors in 1892, complete with an alligator farm behind the restaurant with an open lake allowing the gators to live in their natural habitat. Choose your spice level for boiled crawfish or shrimp from plain to extra spicy. The gator tator is a down-home treat with fried potato rounds, bacon, onions, jalapeos and pepper jack cheese, or go with fried alligator for a true taste of the bayou. As for the live gators, winter is the best time to get a peak of them relaxing enjoying some warmth from the sunshine.
- HAWK'S www.hawkscrawfish.com
416 Hawks Road, Rayne (Map) - 788-3266
Wednesday-Sunday: DinnerOnly the most pristine crawfish are served at this joint. Hawk's utilizes a live well process that is unparalleled the crawfish sit in the slow-moving current of fresh underground water for a 24-hour period. When indulging in crawfish here, you'll find that the crustaceans are void of any mud and debris. All in all, this process produces crawfish much more savory and rich. Hawk's will admit, however, that it's in the middle of nowhere, so visit the website for detailed directions.
- KRAZY KLAWS www.krazyklaws.com
3221 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 534-0400
Daily: DinnerKrazy Klaws is one of the newer boil houses in town, and focuses only on boiled seafood: crawfish, shrimp and blue crabs. The orders of crawfish and gulf shrimp come with the signature Krazy sauce, but will willingly toss in sausage, carrots, whole onions, mushrooms, asparagus and whole garlic cloves along with the seafood. Call ahead for crawfish availability.
- LA CUISINE DE MAMAN (Vermilionville) www.lacuisinedemamanlafayette.com
300 Fisher Road, Lafayette (Map) - 233-4077
Tuesday-Sunday: LunchIf you have family coming to town and want to show them what a traditional Cajun meal is like, go to Vermilionville's La Cuisine de Maman. Every plate lunch is enormous, served with a cup of gumbo and an enormous entree that is usually something along the lines of a rice and gravy. Lafayette diners flock to the Friday seafood buffet that includes gumbo, two entrees and three sides, along with biscuit and a dessert of the day go for the gateau du sirop when available, but the bread pudding is never a bad choice.
- LAGNEAUX'S KING OF SEAFOOD www.lagneauxs.com
445 Ridge Road, Lafayette (Map) - 984-1415
Monday-Friday: Lunch; Monday-Saturday:Lagneaux's all-you-can eat buffet holds 22 different seafood dishes every day for dinner, along with etouffees, fettuccine, au gratin and jambalaya, all prepared daily. Stop in the meat and seafood market next door and pick up meat from a knowledgeable butcher who can also process deer and other wild game but not hogs for customers.
- LANDRY'S SEAFOOD HOUSE www.landrysseafood.com
2942 Grand Point Highway, Breaux Bridge (Map) - 667-6116
Daily: Lunch and DinnerStuffed shrimp en brochette, jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon and stuffed with seafood, jack cheese and jalapeo, is a house favorite at this Gulf-coast style seafood restaurant. The catch of the day with Pontchartrain topping is a broiled filet with mushrooms, jumbo lump crab meat and a creamy white sauce that. With snow crabs, Maine lobster to raw oysters and crawfish etouffee, Landry's is a seafood smorgasbord and the fried catfish is divine.
- LOUISIANA CRAWFISH TIME www.lacrawfishtime.com
2019 Verot School Road, Lafayette (Map) - 988-2645
Daily: DinnerLouisiana Crawfish Time is only open half the year for crawfish season, but is brimming with diners chowing down on boiled crawfish and shrimp or raw and charbroiled oysters. The drive-thru is strictly crawfish and shrimp. Order Louisiana Crawfish Time's signature seafood boil and seasoning on the website.
- MCGEE'S LANDING www.mcgeeslanding.com
1337 Henderson Levee Road, Henderson (Map) - 228-2384
Wednesday-Sunday: Lunch; Friday-Sunday: DinnerMcGee's Landing overlooks the Atchafalaya Basin and serves some seafood plucked right from the swamp it overlooks, from fried alligator to stuffed shrimp and crawfish etouffee. Enjoy live music on Sunday afternoons and Friday and Saturday evenings, or take a swamp tour before or after your meal.
- PAT'S FISHERMAN'S WHARf www.patsfishermanswharf.com
1008 Henderson Levee Road, Henderson (Map) - 228-7512
Daily: Lunch and DinnerPat's is perched on Bayou Amy with a quintessential Cajun atmosphere and menu. Pat's Atchafalaya Club has live music every weekend, so dancing off your dinner is a likelihood. The catfish platter is five fried filets, and the shrimp and lump crabmeat camp-style etouffee is a sure thing.
- Pont Breaux's www.pontbreauxscajunrestaurant.com
325 W. Mills Ave., Breaux Bridge (Map) - 332-4648
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThe menu at Pont Breaux's is classic Cajun, with everything over rice and abundant seafood offerings. The house specialties, like Catfish Pont Breaux's and seafood platter, are a sure-fire way to fill up, or try the seafood salad with a cup of seafood, chicken and sausage or shrimp and okra gumbo. Live Cajun music every night sets the tone for a traditional Cajun meal.
- POORBOY'S RIVERSIDE INN www.poorboysriversideinn.com
240 Tubing Road, Broussard (Map) - 235-8559
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday:Windows overlooking its own private swamp are a clue to the strengths of this menu, and seafood is the star at Riverside. A creamy crawfish bisque is a great starter. Riverside is the place to order Maine lobster (boiled, broiled and stuffed), crabmeat-stuffed flounder topped with crawfish and mushrooms, or the simple delicacy of fresh jumbo lump crab meat sauteed in butter.
- PREJEAN'S RESTAURANT www.prejeans.com
3480 NE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette (Map) - 896-3247
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerThe menu at Prejean's can be a little overwhelming with dozens of choices, but the Crab Lovers Extravaganza is crab at its finest over fresh angel hair pasta tossed in a creamy lump crabmeat sauce and a grilled crab cake with a crispy fried soft shell crab, or the ever-favorite crawfish enchiladas. Wild game specialties include a rack of venison and crispy duckling, or a cup of smoked duck and andouille gumbo. Live Cajun music seven days a week makes Prejean's dining an experience.
- R & M's BOILING POINT www.boilingpointrandms.com
7413 Hwy. 90 W., New Iberia (Map) - 365-7596
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday-Sunday: Dinner
Monday-Saturday: DinnerSince 1957, Abbeville's oldest crawfish patio has packed 'em in during summer months with boiled crabs and shrimp boiled in your choice of water, beer, wine or Bloody Mary mix. They start serving crawfish early within the first few weeks of November so snatch the restaurant's most popular appetizer: Crawfish Roll-ups, which is a deep-fried egg roll stuffed with a crawfish etouffee-like concoction. If it's not crawfish season, try the garlic butter grilled oysters or the nightly seafood buffet.
- RACHAEL'S www.rachaelsseafood.com
104 Republic Ave. Ste. B, Lafayette (Map) - 504-4625
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and dinnerRachael's offers the traditional Cajun foods like fried seafood platters, meat pies and daily plate lunch specials, but this joint also offers a menu with a healthy side. Build your own lunch or dinner that's low-carb, gluten-free and heart healthy. Try the meatloaf with a side of coconut sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts for a tasty yet healthy home cooking.
- RANDOL'S RESTAURANT www.randols.com
2320 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 981-7080
Daily: DinnerThe live Cajun music kicks off every night at 6:30 p.m., providing the setting for Randol's menu of Cajun and Creole classics. Seafood platters are abundant with shrimp, crawfish, oyster and soft shell crab, or sop up a seafood fondue with garlic toast. The White Lake Dreaming Crab Cake is a mound of lump crab meat with bechamel cream and served with a Parmesan cream reduction and a sure bet. For a little variety, try the snapper crusted in Panko and topped with lump crab meat in a spicy curry cream.
- ROBIN'S RESTAURANT www.robincajunfood.com
1409 Henderson Hwy., Henderson (Map) - 228-7594
Tuesday-Saturday: DinnerA well-kept secret in Acadiana, Robin's is a diamond in Henderson with different distinct gumbos of shrimp or crab or a combination. The crawfish bisque is unsurpassed, as well as the frog legs etouffee and the crab meat au gratin. The wine list is extensive, with incredible wines from around the world. Robin's also serves house-made ice cream, including Tabasco and a homemade fig that was created to lure Julia Child to the restaurant. If you love what you eat at Robin's, check out their website as you can order some of their dishes straight to your doorstep.
- STEVE & PAT'S www.bontempsgrill.com
1312 Verot School Road, Lafayette (Map) - 706-8850
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerBrothers Steven and Patrick O'Bryan set out to create a restaurant with what they call "urban Cajun food," and the restaurant's unconventional twists on Cajun ingredients provide a Cajun dining experience unlike any other. Don't pass up the swamp legs, which are crispy duck drumettes with a housemade mango sauce and twice-cooked gator legs with a sweet and spicy Thai sauce. The apple and tasso stuffed pork chop is double grilled on the restaurant's wood-burning grill in the back, which gives the meats a wonderfully smoky flavor. Finish the meal with the bananas foster bread pudding for a sweet bite of Cajun heaven.
- YELLOW BOWL 19466 Hwy. 182 W., Jeanerette (Map) - 276-5512
Wednesday-Friday and Sunday: LunchWednesday-Saturday: DinnerOne of the oldest restaurants in Acadiana, the Yellow Bowl is credited with being the first restaurant to fry crawfish tails. Its crawfish bisque and etouffee are legendary, fried catfish comes bone-in, and the seafood platter is too big for any one person to finish. It's worth the trek to Jeanerette to experience a piece of Acadiana dining history.
- AMERICAS COFFEE HOUSE 403B S. Buchanan St., Lafayette (Map) - 456-4806
Monday-Saturday: Breakfast and LunchAmericas Coffee House is a departure from downtown in a spacious and all-white hideaway one block off Jefferson Street. Owner Floyd Willis is almost always the one to make your coffee, and it's a great place to get some work done or visit with friends. With new menu items including sandwiches and soups, it's easy to stop while downtown for work or play.
- BIBI'S PATISSERIE 1321 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 534-0173Stop in this cozy house off busy Pinhook Road for a menu full of treats that cater to those with dietary restrictions. Whether you are a diabetic or need gluten-free foods, Bibi's has what you want. From cookies, cakes, muffins and cupcakes, you are bound to find a flavor to die for. Complete your snack with a cup of a brew from Reve Roasters and relax in the shop while you nibble and sip.
- BORDEN'S Ice Cream Shoppe 1103 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 235-9291
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerKackie Lerille's old-fashioned ice cream parlor is the only retail Borden's shop left in the U.S. Traditional cups, cones, banana split, shakes and all the Borden's flavors are still on hand, as well as Community Coffee for the java junkies. Grab a pastry to go along with your morning coffee, or stop in for a quick bite of an all-beef hot dog or Frito pie topped with homemade chili.
- CARPE DIEM! www.carpediemgelato.com
812 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 534-4155
Tuesday-Friday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Saturday-Sunday: LuErik Graveson and Silvia Bertolazzi know a thing or two about java and treats. Bertolazzi grew up in Merano, Italy, and bases Carpe Diem's gelato on what is offered in her hometown. Gelato is a lighter form of ice cream made with milk, not cream. Check out the dozens of flavors inspired by seasonal herbs and fruits. The coffee is made using the Kyoto method for a clean and powerful taste with less acidity. Local bakers offer their wares as well.
- CC'S COMMUNITY COFFEE HOUSE 130 N. College, Lafayette (Map) - 269-9281
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Monday-Friday: Breakfast and LunchThe first Community Coffee opened in 1919 outside of Baton Rouge in a country store and began roasting its own beans shorting thereafter. The Saurage family has owned it this whole time and now has cafes far and wide. The coffee itself is delicious, and the Mochasippis are an icy treat. The pastry case is never empty - try those peanut butter cookies.
- INDULGE www.indulgesweetspot.com
1921 Kaliste Saloom Road Suite 111, Lafayette (Map) - 534-8700
MondaySaturday: Lunch and DinnerLafayette's first dessert restaurant offers gourmet coffee as well as cakes, brownies, gourmet truffles, breakfast pastries and virtually every sweet treat your taste buds love. Indulge recently started serving dessert wines, as well as wine bottles covered in chocolate, which you snack on while drinking the wine inside. It's a great atmosphere for children as well as adults.
- JOHNSTON STREET JAVA 3123 1/2 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 534-4065
Sunday-Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerWith foam on every cappuccino and an outlet to plug in every laptop, Johnson Street Java is filled with everyone from college students to the self-employed who come for the great selection of coffee as well as sandwiches, muffins and even fruit bowls. Stop in and relax at the coffee bar, or zip through the drive-thru.
- KATIE BAKES www.katiebakesla.com
1042 Camellia Blvd. Suite 5, Lafayette (Map) - 704-2287
Tuesday-Thursday: Breakfast and LunchKatie Meaux bakes up a storm in her River Ranch shop, with cake pops, cupcakes and bouquet cakes. The cake pops are a dense cake dipped in some sort of coating - chocolate or vanilla or even butter rum make these bite-sized delights sinfully delicious. Katie serves up Community Coffee with her treats for an indulgent snack.
- MECHE'S DONUT KING www.mechesdonutking.com
402 Guilbeau Road, Lafayette (Map) - 981-4918
Daily: Breakfast and Lunch
Daily: Breakfast and Lunch
Daily: Breakfast and Lunch
Daily: Breakfast and Lunch
Daily: Breakfast and LunchServing up the most famous circular, sugary dough in Lafayette, Meche's Donut King is no doubt a Lafayette mainstay. Whether ordering the kolaches with a cup of Joe or the donut holes with Borden's milk, your stomach will be comforted in the warm embrace of Meche's. Come Mardi Gras, there's a run on Meche's famous king cakes made with their fried deliciousness that perfectly accompanies a cup of coffee. Have no fear, when it's not Carnival season, Meche's can whip up a king cake custom to whatever your soiree.
- POUPART'S BAKERY 1902 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 232-7921
Tuesday-Sunday: Breakfast and Lunch
- POUPART'S BISTRO www.poupartsbakery.com
100 E. Vermilion, Suite 103, Lafayette (Map) - 553-4423
Monday-Friday: LunchHand-shaped loaves of French baguettes, ciabatta, sourdough and buckwheat come out of the ovens at Poupart's early in the morning. Their coffee is the best in town, and Poupart's has a banquette where you can read the paper, munch on a beignet or a stuffed biscuit and sip to your heart's content. Exquisite French pastries fill the counters, and at lunch time the bakery offers sandwiches and quiches. The authentic French pastries made famous by the Pinhook location, plus coffee and other on-the-go beverages, in the heart of downtown Lafayette. Head there for lunch to fill up on the homemade bisques, diverse array of excellent sandwiches and quiches.
- SOPHI P. CAKES www.sophipcakes.com
3209 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 456-5582
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and early dinnerSophi P. was the first to bring attention to gourmet cupcakes in Lafayette, and executive chef Jennifer Melancon has crafted unique cupcakes that no one in town has been able to duplicate. Each season and holiday brings specialty flavors, along with the famous Red Velvet Deluxe, Atomic Chocolate and a total of 20 unique cupcake flavors that will have you struggling on deciding which ones to try. Stop in for a dozen or just a single, sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk for a pick-me-up.
- SOUTHSIDE BAKERY 4519 W. Congress St., Lafayette (Map) - 233-8636
Monday-Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAfter a hiatus from the Lafayette dining scene, Southside is back and in full force. The burgers are legendary, as are the cases full of sweets and fresh breads. You can also find crawfish and crab burgers on the menu along with salads and shrimp poboys.
- THE LAB HANDCRAFTED www.thelabexperience.com
1042 Camellia Blvd., Suite 6, Lafayette (Map) - 889-5782
Daily: hours varyThe Lab features over 50 teas and rotates seven blends of coffee in its brewing - you can find some of the best blends nationwide from select micro roasters. Owner Thomas Peters and his staff are knowledgeable and provide tastes to start your morning and also a place to gather with friends over a cup of java and conversation. While you're there, pick up a housemade pastry or signature cold cream to add a little smile to your day.
- THE LITTLE BIG CUP 149 Fuselier Rd., Arnaudville (Map) - 754-7147
Tuesday-Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: BreakfastThis coffee shop has quickly become Arnaudville's makeshift cultural center, hosting events in its ever-expanding restaurant. There are daily lunch specials that accompany the coffee menu, as well as pastries and cakes.
- TWIN'S BURGERS AND SWEETS 2801 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 268-9488
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerTwins Billy and Denny Guilbeaux opened this spring with a hamburger unlike any other in Lafayette, hot dogs and sweet delights like cakes, pies, petitfors and cookies in South College Shopping Center.
- ALESI'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT www.alesipizzahouse.com
4110 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 984-1823
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: DinnerAlesi's classic neon signs draws in diners from Johnston Street, and the menu offers something for every eater. Alesi's specializes in traditional home-style Italian cooking, and serves spaghetti the Sicilian way. The manicotti and ravioli dishes offer many choices, and the pizza has a crisp, thin crust.
- ANTONI'S ITALIAN Cafe www.antoniscafe.com
1118-A Coolidge St., Lafayette (Map) - 232-8384
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerTucked back in the corner of the Oil Center Gardens is this tasty Italian eatery. Antoni's standout dish is its calzone, and stuff it with a plethora of choices, from sundried tomatoes to artichokes and Italian sausage. Try the Shrimp Sophia pizza, a local favorite, or the authentic bolognese sauce in the lasagne or on spaghetti. The restaurant may be under new ownership, but beloved menu items remain the same with new specials as well.
- BISBANO'S www.bisbanos.com
1540 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 233-0420
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerBisbano's welcomes in patrons of all ages, tastes and hunger for its unique pizza topping combinations. There are plenty of other offerings on the menu, but the best bet is the pizza, including the Shoot the Moon, which is covered in pepperoni, beef, Canadian bacon, sausage, mushrooms, olives, onion, green pepper and jalapeños. For something a little lighter, the Mediterranean Belly Dancer combines shrimp or chicken, marinated spinach with virgin olive oil, green onions, fresh mint, parsley, lemon juice and special white cheese. Stop by the cellar, where live music happens every night Thursday through Saturday or show off your talents at open mic night on Wednesdays.
- BJ's PIZZA AND DELI www.bjspizza-lafayette.com
2484 W. Congress St., Lafayette (Map) - 235-8332
Daily: Lunch and DinnerBJ's offers some of the most wallet-friendly pizza in town, and prides itself on specialties like the Mexican Pizza and Peggy's Delight, which piles pepperoni, shrimp, jalapeno on Cajun bread with pizza sauce provolone. The Royal Flush sandwich piles on ham, salami, roast beef, turkey, bacon, swiss and cheddar, and the New Orleans burger is an unexpected delight. For something that's finger lickin' good, try the wings as well. Not in the mood to dine in? BJ's can deliver right to your door.
- BUCK AND JOHNNY'S www.buckandjohnnyspizzeria.com
100 Berard St., Breaux Bridge (Map) - 442-6630
Tuesday-Sunday: Lunch and DinnerIf unconventional pizza is your M.O., look no further than Buck and Johnny's specialty pizza menu. The Steakhouse pizza is flavors of a roasted garlic cream sauce, parmesan and bleu cheese, prime rib, mushrooms and caramelized onions, or get the Bayou Blast with cheddar, alligator sausage, shrimp, crawfish, jalapeños and onions. On Tuesdays, Kids eat free and can enjoy the sounds of a kids Zydeco band. The pizzeria is housed in the former Domingues Motors building in historic downtown Breaux Bridge, and the outdoor porch is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and watch the world go by.
- CAFE BELLA 301 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette (Map) - 265-2515
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerWhat once was Bella Figura has moved to the Oil Center and re-opened as Cafe Bella for a new spin on Italian. This restaurant offers a more casual feel for lunch time and breaks out the linens at night for dinner service. You can never go wrong with a classic Margherita pizza of roma tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese or a classic lasagna of 11 layers of meat, cheese and pasta.
- DEANO'S PIZZARAMA INC. www.deanospizza.com
305 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette (Map) - 233-5446
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Lunch and DinnerDeanO's is a Lafayette icon with pizzas and sandwiches equally memorable for local flavors. The pies are topped with ingredients rich with Cajun flair, like the Marie LeVeaux with blue point crabs, mushrooms and onions, or the Cajun Executioner with pepperoni, hot sausage, shrimp, onions, bell peppers and handfuls of jalapeños. DeanO's is always a crowd favorite after ball games and birthdays alike.
- JJ'S PIZZA www.jjspizzabroussard.com
615 Albertson Pkwy., Broussard (Map) - 837-3781
Daily: Lunch and DinnerTry one of the nine specialty pizzas like the best selling JJ Special (a thin crust pizza served with pepperoni, hamburger, shrimp, pork sausage, onions and jalapeños), the Rooster (chicken, onions, green peppers and mushrooms), or Gator Bait (pork sausage, chicken, onions and jalapenos). If you're in the mood for a dose of dairy, go for the scrumptious cheese bread.
- LA PIZZERIA www.lapizzeriatakeout.com
3809 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 989-4121
Daily: Lunch and DinnerLa Pizzeria offers a variety of popular pizzas as well as other Italian-inspired treats such as calzones, pastas, soups and salads. Want to try out being a vegetarian for the day? The gardeniera calzone is loaded with fresh veggies ranging from grilled zucchini to squash and packs a flavor punch because the homemade pesto base showers the vegetables. Pizza toppings include grilled chicken, shrimp, and fresh herbs and vegetables, or try the Mirabella pasta, a vegetarian melange of zucchini, portabella mushrooms and roasted garlic in a sundried tomato pesto over angel hair.
- MANGIA ITALIAN BISTRO 4807 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 406-2477
Tuesday-Saturday: DinnerAfter a few other restaurant ventures, Sicilian native Maurizio Principato opened his newest Italian venture to rave reviews. The prices are reasonable and you get a true taste of Principato's homeland with fresh ingredients in food made with love.
- MARCELLO'S www.marcelloswinemarketcafe.com
340 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 235-1002
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerPick out your own bottle on the way in through Marcello's wine market at retail price and pay a corkage fee. Lunch offers one of the best values in town, with sandwiches on homemade bread like the ground veal burger and the grilled chicken and spinach panini, which consists of tomatoes, spinach, red peppers and housemade Caesar dressing. Try the fresh mussels appetizer, a hearty heaping of mussels pan-sauteed with white wine, spices both savory and hot and tomatoes to make a sauce that tempts you to drink out of its bowl. For the main dish, order the bistecca marsala, a 10-oz., flat-iron steak topped with the mushroom and marsala demi glaze, grilled asparagus and angel hair pasta. Marcello's is now offering a private dining room perfect for large groups looking to gather over wine and bites.
- PIZZA VILLAGE www.pizza-village.com
1935 Moss St., Lafayette (Map) - 232-1418
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThis classic northside pizzeria expanded to the south side to bring its crispy, thin crusts and fresh toppings to the rest of Lafayette. The Landry Special comes loaded with pepperoni, hamburger, shrimp, onions and jalapeños, or design your own. The appetizers include the classic wings and mozzarella sticks, perfect for watching football games and accompanying pitchers of beer.
- ROCHETTO'S PIZZERIA www.rochettos.com
806 I-10 South Frontage Road, Scott (Map) - 456-8026
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThere's a little Italy inside Rochetto's, created by Fezzo's owners who teamed up with Brady Benton to create an unexpected but authentic menu. The salad's Italian, the sandwiches are Italian, the wine, the dessert, everything says Italy except the purple and gold pizza dubbed Tiger Pride. There are small nods to the Fezzo's influence, including the Seafood Etouffee, where Cajun meets Italian, featuring shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat, onions and mozzarella chesse served over their house etouffeeand topped with fresh cut green onions.
- Romacelli www.romacelli.com
115 Stonemont Road, Lafayette (Map) - 988-9790
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Monday-Thursday: Dinner; Friday-Sunday: Lunch and DinnerIn the heart of Acadiana's traditional neighborhood developments, River Ranch and Sugar Mill Pond, you can dine inside or enjoy fresh air while people-watching on the patio at Romacelli. Starters include the feta cheese rolls, hummus, roasted beef-topped Turkish flat bread and the Tuscan-seared tuna. Popular pizzas like pesto chicken are one option, or try the avocado sandwich piled with tomato, tuna, mozzarella and garlic sauce.
- THE PIE HOLE PIZZERIA AND TAP www.pieholelafayette.com
520 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 534-4236
Tuesday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerOwner Chad Cormier has concocted his own unique pizza crust infused with herbs and sea salt, a perfect setting for his white or red pizza sauces and fresh toppings. Every pasta sauce is made to order - go for the white sauce with pesto. The classic lasagna is exactly that: classic. Grab one of the draft tables, which have two beer taps emerging from the center. If they're all taken, don't fret and order one of the 26 beers on tap.
- ACME TACO 1120 Coolidge St. #A, Lafayette (Map) - 534-4749
Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: BrunchSelf-described in its logo as "not your typical Mexican," Acme Taco brings a fun twist to the traditional Mexican options in town with a la carte tacos at $3-4 a pop with choice of meat. Try one of the margarita concoctions like the Super Sonic that blends classic margarita flavors with bits of cherry, and go for the borracho beans for your side, which are pinto beans simmered in Dos Equis with bacon, spices and peppers.
- AGAVE MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA www.agavelafayette.com
200 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette (Map) - 289-0000
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
- 509 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette (Map) - 889-5540
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
1919 Kaliste Saloom Road, Ste 301, Lafayette (Map) - 534-0774
At lunchtime, a dish as simple as fried fish tacos is dynamite. If you don't have to go back to work, waste the afternoon away on the sunny, funkified patio downtown; more than 40 Agave tequilas are on hand. We like Mexican seafood dishes like the shrimp and crawfish stuffed peppers, but the big enchilada at Agave is the twin beef tenderloin medallions stuffed with Louisiana crawfish, roasted poblano peppers and a Central American stuffing, crowned with Louisiana crawfish and an ancho pepper jack and cheddar cheese sauce. With a third location on its way in Parc Lafayette, an Agave is never very far away.
- AZTECAS MEXICAN CUISINE www.aztecascuisine.com
3535 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 769-1088
Daily: Lunch and DinnerTex-Mex all the way, with a large assortment of nachos, enchiladas and burritos. But what we like best is the range in the fajita menu that includes baby back ribs, marinated rib-eye, chili and lime chicken, bacon wrapped shrimp, fried shrimp and a plenitude of beans, pico de gallo and good guacamole. Sopapillas, those little fat puffs of fried pastry with a sweet honey drizzle, round out the meal.
- BLUE AGAVE www.blueagaveonline.com
3558 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 837-7720
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerBlue Agave has a dynamic menu that includes Milaneza Rellena, a breaded, fried chicken breast stuffed with ham, cheese and topped with chipotle sauce; and Tabasco Style Tilapia, a seafood-stuffed filet baked with herbs, wine sauce and cheese.
- Cafe HABANA CITY 911 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette (Map) - 857-7527
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner;Owner Rafael Garcia has brought all of the staples from his native Cuba to Lafayette. Be sure to try the pollo a la barbacoa, two dark meat pieces of chicken cooked slowly in soy sauce and butter until it's fall-off-the-bone tender. The ropa vieja shredded beef cooked in Spanish sauce, bell peppers, onions and herbs, and the Sandwich Cubano served with fried plantains are both great, but the real star of the menu is the Cuban tamales, spiked with a dab of salsa verde. Lighten up your palate with a fresh mint, lime and rum mojito - fabulous and always two for the price of one at Cafe Habana.
- COYOTE BLUES www.coyotebluesfreshmex.com
5741 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 988-3668
Daily: Lunch and DinnerCoyote Blues has hit on a winning recipe with fresh Tex-Mex with a Louisiana fusion and mesquite-burning grills. Some of the best margaritas in town are shaken up behind the popular bar. A fresh starter is the ceviche, Acapulco-style shrimp and scallops marinated in citrus juice and pico de gallo topped with jumbo lump crab meat and diced avocado. Check out the Churrascaria, skewers of marinated tenderloin (served with Chimichuri, an Argentinean-style grilling sauce), chicken ribbons, jumbo shrimp and jalapeno sausage grilled with peppers and onions or the smoked St. Louis style ribs. Don't leave without trying the white chocolate bread pudding.
- EL POTRILLO 1934 Moss St., Lafayette (Map) - 237-1188
Daily: Lunch and DinnerExpect a laid back atmosphere and savory Mexican favorites like tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, fajitas and shrimp dishes packed with large Gulf shrimp. Sundays and Mondays, the happy hour specials run all day long, making for even happier hours.
- LA CARRETA 400 Jefferson St, Lafayette LA, 70501 (Map)
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThe Louisiana-based chain located on Jefferson Street has become a new downtown hot spot. The margaritas are strong but still flavorful. Frozen ritas are available in traditional, strawberry or mango, or opt for a traditional (or top shelf or suprema) on the rocks. Definitely get something with pork in it, like the tacos al pastor. La Carreta doesn't take shortcuts on slow-cooking and shredding the pork with onions, and it's apparent. Tender and so full of rich flavor, it's definitely worth trying at least once. The shredded beef isn't shabby, either, with an unexpectedly bright lime taste to it.
- LA HACIENDA 809 Albertson Pkwy., Broussard (Map) - 837-1700
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
3136 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 989-1320
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
4001 N. University Ave., Carencro (Map) - 896-7500 (express)
Daily: Lunch and DinnerTucked away in a strip mall off Albertsons Parkway, La Hacienda's dark and cozy bar is a great place for a margarita and a Mexican dinner before heading to the movies. The nachos tapatios, topped with grilled chicken, steak and shrimp constitutes a meal in itself, or go for the mi pubio steak, covered with shrimp, chorizo and cheese. Known for its fajitas and margaritas, La Hacienda offers Mexican flavors along with a happy hour.
- LA MORENITA 412 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, Lafayette (Map) - 235-5044
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThis Mexican grocery tucked into the edge of Lafayette has not only goods for sale but amazing Latin fare. This is the real thing. It's easier to know some Spanish when you go here but not mandatory. Expect to eat like a king for under $10, and this is a great place to pick up groceries as well.
- LA PAGUA 4807 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 988-1312
Saturday and Sunday: Breakfast; Daily: Lunch; Monday-Saturday: DLa Pagua has moved down the road to a larger location on Johnston Street but is still serving up authentic Mexican cuisine. Standouts are the enmoladas, enchiladas topped with mole sauce, the lengua (yep that's beef tongue - it's a delicacy for a good reason) taco and the torta de pierna, a Mexican poboy stuffed with marinated, roasted pork, tomatoes, onions and avocado.
- LOS MAYAS MEXICAN GRILL 2633 SE Evangeline Thrwy., Lafayette (Map) - 234-4798
Daily: Lunch and DinnerStart with the Nachos a la Mexicana, a whopper of an appetizer loaded with fajita steak, chicken, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, beans, lettuce, sour cream and guacamole. If you've still got room, the Mole Rojo is chicken with the famous dark sauce with a hint of chocolate, served with rice and tortillas.
- PICANTE MEXICAN www.picantesrestaurant.com
3235 NW Evangeline Thrwy., Carencro (Map) - 896-1200
Daily: Lunch and DinnerDon't miss the fresh, chunky guacamole, made table-side. Chef specialty Camarones Surenos are jumbo shrimp stuffed with cheeses and chiles wrapped in bacon, coated with a spicy batter and fried until crispy, or try the Rellado Des Res, chili and cheese stuffed steak. Picante's margaritas should get you good and loose for Wednesday and Saturday night karaoke. Dance to live entertainment on Fridays and on Sunday the big screen plays sports all day.
- TORTILLA SOUP 3910 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, Lafayette (Map) - 366-8141
Daily: Lunch and DinnerTortilla Soup's menu is an eclectic mix of Mexican-inspired cuisine, including its popular soup and namesake Tortilla Soup. The fajitas are extremely popular, as is the Mexican crab roll - a south-of-the-border take on a sushi roll.
- ATHENA GREEK & LEBANESE FOOD www.athenafood.com
3551 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 988-7618
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThe downtown location offers outdoor seating where you can watch the world go by while munching on authentic Mediterranean fare. Try their homemade fried falafel or a gyro, or go for the best deal in town, the buffet at the Ambassador and downtown locations, which offers hummus, baba ganoush, tabouli, grape leaves, mousaka, gyro and chicken shawarma and falafel with rice, and a candied almond to crunch in your teeth on the drive back to work.
- CEDAR GROCERY & DELI 1115 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 233-5460
Monday-Saturday: LunchOpened in 1981, owner Nabil Loli has an all-star lineup of 16 original sandwiches on the menu, evolving from rotating daily specials. Classics include the fried haloumi poboy; the Labani, layered with yogurt, kalamata olives, lettuce, tomatoes, olive oil and mint; and Chicken Tandoori, which marries the smoky flavors of tandoori with tahini sauce. Meat pies, falafel sandwiches, hummus and lentil soup are other longtime favorites. Check them out for fantastic groceries, as well. Be sure to bring cash or check, as Cedar Grocery & Deli does not accept debit and credit cards.
- DAMASCUS 112 Arnould Blvd., Lafayette (Map) - 989-0201
Monday: Lunch; Tuesday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner;Damascus offers Mediterranean, Greek and Lebanese cuisine in a casual setting. Select from a variety of sandwich options including the vegetarian yogurt sandwich made with tart, homemade yogurt or the tried and true hummus or grape leaves. Evenings, go for the kebabs - Damascus offers chicken, beef and succulent lamb.
- GYRO KING 2510 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 534-0110
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday: LunchLooking for Arabic cuisine that is familiar yet authentic? Look no further then Gyro King. The cooks and owners share their family's recipes with Lafayette at this lunch and dinner place. Try the chicken shawarma melt, which combines cheese, the traditional chicken cut right off the rounded grillers and pita bread.
- POSEIDON'S www.ieatgreek.com
103 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 235-9154
Monday: Lunch; Tuesday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner;Mediterranean options abound at Poseidon's. From a light gyro salad or gyro sandwich to hearty traditional moussaka, Poseidon's offers a full experience in Greek cuisine. Try the stuffed grape leaves and follow up with herb infused leg-of-lamb cooked in red wine. Finish with baklava, the delicate syrup and almond and honey traditional dessert.
- SULTAN'S Cafe AND GRILL www.sultanscafeandgrill.com
1503 N. Bertrand Drive, Lafayette (Map) - 456-6020
Monday-Friday: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerOwner Mustafa Ozen is Turkish. His partner, Ramzi Nassour is Lebanese. The running joke between the two men involves a disagreement about whether the kibbe and kefta, the baba ganoush and chicken shawarma, the Lebanese tea and Turkish coffee, hail from Beirut or Istanbul. For customers who want an all-American menu, there's baked potatoes and steak sandwiches, but for those with a taste for the Mediterranean, go for the tang of yogurty tzatziki.
- ZEUS Cafe www.zeuscafe.com
3809 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 406-9387
Daily: Lunch and Dinner, full dining
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner, full dining
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Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
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Monday-Thursday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Friday: Breakfast
Monday-Wednesday: Lunch and Dinner; Thursday-Saturday: Lunch, DiYou can measure the popularity of Zeus' traditional Greek and Lebanese fare by its expansion of locations. Every location is unique - the Johnston Street spot includes a drive-thru, and at the UL location you can get breakfast. Lunch specials include overflowing gyro and chicken pita plates, served with hummus, feta salad and a healthy dose of garlic throughout. For dinner, go around the world with the Zeus Special Plate: a Mediterranean sampler of chicken shawarma, gyro, hummus, fried kibbe, meat grape leaves, mujadarah and tabouli. At Zeus the pita's always warm and so is the hospitality.
- ACME BURGER 1120-A Coolidge Blvd., Lafayette (Map) - 534-4247
Monday: Lunch; Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerOwned by the same masterminds behind Acme Taco, Acme Burger serves eight one-of-a-kind burgers with pre-determined toppings, but you get to choose the meat. The Brie or Not to Brie is a local favorite with onion marmalade, or the Toasted Texan with homemade barbecue sauce.
- ANDOLI'S SANDWICH PRESS 600 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 266-2325
Monday-Friday: Breakfast and LunchCommunity Coffee and coffee drinks, along with toasted bagels are downtown's on-the-fly breakfast. Lunches include sandwich, soup and salad combos like Cajun turkey, pastrami or chicken salad paired with the soup of the day - tomato basil is a favorite.
- ANNE'S TABLE www.annestable.com
740 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 889-3832
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and dinnerDowntown diners looking for something healthy to go should stop at Anne's Table for dishes that are big on flavor and low on fat. All of the meals here are gluten-free, except for the whole wheat bread sandwiches. Try the shrimp paella for classic Spanish flavors with brown and wild rice for a nutty flavor that compliments the chorizo and shrimp in the dish. For dessert, order a slice of olive oil cake with orange glaze.
- ANOTHER BROKEN EGG Cafe www.anotherbrokenegg.com
112 Rue Promenade, Lafayette (Map) - 504-3365
Daily: Breakfast and LunchBe prepared to wait around for a table at Another Broken Egg, but it's not so bad with a spicy Bloody Mary in your hand. The Floridian omelette, a cream-cheese filled fluffy egg concoction with crabmeat sauteed in garlic butter - what could be better? Or tuck crawfish and andouille inside an omelette and sip a mimosa. Another Broken Egg has become the River Ranch breakfast spot, with breakfast running into brunch for late sleepers, and a nice roster of sandwiches and burgers for early birds who want lunch at noon time.
- ARTMOSPHERE 902 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 233-3331
Daily: Lunch, Dinner, and Late NightArtmosphere is a live music venue, art gallery, hookah bar and Internet cafe all rolled into one. The place to catch indie bands and poetry readings, the kitchen, open late, offers something for everyone, with soups, salads, gourmet pizzas and the house favorite, Up In Smoke, a tortilla wrap rolled with chicken, spinach, salsa, bean dip and cheese.
- BRICK AND SPOON 3524 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 504-2346
Daily: Breakfast; Thursday-Saturday: DinnerWhether you're looking for breakfast, brunch or lunch on the South side, stop in at Brick and Spoon for a plate of pure goodness. The restaurant sources its ingredients from local farms and markets and is very knowledgeable about what they serve. Build a custom Bloody Mary and add all the usual fixins and a few extra like a strip of bacon or a seafood deviled egg. At dinner time, try the smoked Gouda mac for a cheesy bite that's no child's play.
- BURGERSMITH www.burgersmith.com
1314 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette (Map) - 504-5015
Daily: Lunch and DinnerKeeping it local, the boys at BurgerSmith handcraft burgers seasoned with Louisiana flavors like Creole mustard or their homemade Smith sauce. Some of the best fries in town are spiked with butter and garlic. The all-natural burger is notable, and top it with the chipotle mayo. The brews will make a Louisiana beer fan proud, with beers from Covington-based Heiner Brau, New Orleans' NOLA and Dixie breweries, Arnaudville's Bayou Teche Brewery and everybody's favorite, Abita.
- Cafe KIMBALL 1008 Smede Hwy., Broussard (Map) - 365-9400
Monday-Friday: Breakfast and LunchLocated across from Le Triomphe, Cafe Kimball starts each day with a hearty country breakfast complemented with fresh fruits and yogurt. At lunch, choose from a selection of down-home daily specials like seafood fettuccine. Classic sides include corn maque choux, white beans, yams and smothered cabbage.
- Cafe LOLA www.cafelolaonline.com
1155 Coolidge St., Lafayette (Map) - 235-4566
Monday-Friday: LunchTucked away in the Oil Center, Cafe Lola offers lunches that are as healthy as they are tasty. The baked potato soup on Wednesdays and Friday's seafood bisque are both winners. A local fave is the cobb salad, but the shrimp wrap is a filling but lighter lunch. Crab cakes show up on salads and sandwiches with just-right remoulade sauce. A turkey, provolone, avocado sandwich with sprouts on squaw bread is a hot item. If you call or fax your order in before 11 a.m. you get a free cookie, and it's worth it.
- CENA www.cena-lafayette.com
306 Garfield St., Lafayette (Map) - 706-7568
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: LunchCena's concept is all about home cooking - and making supper simple. Light lunches like the grilled chicken club with provolone, guacamole, tomato and garlic-infused mayo on ciabatta, or the soup of the day. Cena offers yummy classics to take home for dinner like chicken and andouille manicotti, roast adobo pork loin and broiled parmesan-lemon tilapia.
- CHRIS' POBOYS www.chrispoboys.com
1930 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 234-6333
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerIt's hard to beat an old-fashioned New Orleans-style poboy served in a basket with chips and a pickle, Chris' signature item. The hands-down most popular poboys are the fried shrimp, fried oyster and Cajun pork roast. Chris' also stirs up stellar gumbo year-round and pan-sauteed chicken salad.
- DAX ON VEROT www.daxonverot.com
2832 Verot School Road, Lafayette (Map) - 233-0329
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner;Its move to Verot School Road now makes it a lunch hot-spot. The boiler is always going with shrimp, crabs and crawfish (when they're in season) and the daily lunch specials are hearty but also extremely flavorful. Dax is no stranger to barbecue nor seafood and the love of home cooking goes into every plate.
- DWYER'S Cafe 323 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 235-9364
Daily: Breakfast and LunchBreakfast doesn't get any better when you head downtown to indulge in pancakes, omelets, biscuits or French toast. Who needs to make breakfast when Dwyer's does it so well? This downtown institution, known for its hearty breakfast and plate lunches offers down-home fare like fried catfish, hamburger steak with grilled onions and gravy, meatloaf, baked turkey, roast beef and roast pork. You'll always see smiling faces working here and most likely one of the Dwyer boys serving on the line.
- EDIE'S EXPRESS 1400 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 234-2485
Monday-Friday: BreakfastEdie's has moved the humble biscuit from the side of the plate and elevated it to an art form. Do not pass up the honey-drizzled biscuits, or go for blueberry or cinnamon. Make a breakfast sandwich, if you prefer, with meat, egg and cheese or fried chicken on a biscuit. The kolaches are stuffed with pork roast or barbecue brisket. If you're not looking to binge, the menu also holds fruit, oatmeal and omelets chock full of veggies.
- FAT ALBERT'S FRIED CHICKEN 1322 Moss St., Lafayette (Map) - 234-4773
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday: LunchFounded in 1968 by Joe Petro, this corner restaurant's motto is "Best Chicken in Town, Ask a Friend." Owner Greg Petro turns out fried catfish plates, catfish, shrimp and roast beef po-boys, baked chicken and red beans and rice plates in addition to his stellar fried chicken. Fat Albert's is also the place to fill up on fried chicken livers, delicious and, yep, filling.
- FAT PAT'S BAR & GRILL www.fatpatsbarandgrill.com
626 Verot School Road, Lafayette (Map) - 504-4288
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Lunch and DinnerCheck out Fat Pat's for burgers, seafood poboys, hot dogs, fried pork tenderloin sandwiches, and all day, every day two-for-one draft beer and house margaritas. Pro football fans will be more than pleased with the Fat Pat's NFL Superfan cable package, in high definition, and that nearly every table has its own TV.
- FILLING STATION 900 Jefferson St., (Map) - 291-9625
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerAs the name implies, the Filling Station was a gas station years ago, and you can't miss the neon-trimmed porch on the corner of Jefferson and Lee downtown. Today, the restaurant serves up affordable Tex-Mex and American dishes, with a sprawling open-air patio and cozy bar inside. Burgers, famed hot dogs with homemade chili, enormous quesadillas and a great tuna steak are all worth ordering. Wander over on a Friday afternoon to sip margaritas outside and enjoy the weather.
- GREAT HARVEST BREAD Company www.greatharvestofacadiana.com
854-A Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 236-8966
Tuesday-Saturday: Breakfast and LunchGreat Harvest has a full line-up of breakfast sandwiches, cold sandwiches and paninis made with fresh meats, veggies and cheeses on their fresh baked honey whole wheat, Dakota (wheat with grains), wheat or white focaccia or their Challah white bread. It also has a selection of unique salads like Field of Greens: mixed greens, spicy pecans, chopped apples, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds with either Becky's vinaigrette, bleu cheese, honey mustard or ranch.
- GROUND PAT'I www.groundpati.com
2303 Johnston St, Lafayette (Map) - 234-5689
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThe Johnston Street location has been a Lafayette institution since 1981. The menu has stayed rock steady, with burgers topping a simple menu that includes steak, fried catfish and fried chicken sandwiches, chef salads topped with grilled chicken or tuna, and a grilled catfish plate. The Ground Pat'i on Kaliste Saloom has a much larger menu. In addition to the famous burgers, lots of salads and sandwiches sprouted on this menu, as well as grilled salmon and mahi-mahi, steaks, ribs and pork chops.
- HOT FOOD EXPRESS www.hotfoodexpress.com
3313 Cameron St., Lafayette (Map) - 235-7874
Monday-Sunday: Lunch and DinnerHot Food Express is one of the best deals in town. This is food for hungry folks, platters of grilled or fried seafood coupled with steak, big homemade burgers, barbecued chicken, fish, shrimp and crawfish, Indian curry fried rice, Indian chicken tikka fried rice, Chinese fried rice filled with goodies like grilled veggies, spicy crawfish or pork, lo mein, wings and even a big pork chop with rice dressing. Throw in sides like eggrolls, stuffed crab or crawfish pies, and best of all, Hot Food Express delivers. Cafe NYC, a music club, is up front in the restaurant and you can look for great shows there.
- IZZO'S ILLEGAL BURRITO www.izzos.com
2010 Johnston St. Lafayette, (Map) - 504-3189
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThe biggest burrito in town is touted as "roll your own." At Izzo's, you choose your own filling to pile into a tortilla, taco or bowl, or grill as a quesadilla. Marinated and grilled steak, pork, chicken and shrimp are joined by beans, grilled onions, mushrooms, guacamole, cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, jalapeños and olives - whatever floats your boat - and rolled into a supersized burrito that will fill up two regular size folks. With a second location set to open on the South side early next year, Izzo's will be rolling across town.
- JEFFERSON STREET PUB www.jeffersonstpub.com
500 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 232-5040
Monday: Lunch; Tuesday-Friday: Lunch, Dinner and Late Night; SatJefferson Street Pub's menu elevates gastropub food to something comforting and delicious paired perfectly with one of the pub's 35 beers on tap. The JSP burger packs a punch of spice and smoke from the house chipotle ailoi and gouda cheese. Try a daily specials or stop by for the Saturday vinyl brunch for the Eggs Royale - a twist on a Benedict with smoked salmon and braised collard greens.
- JOEY'S SPECIALTY FOODS & CATERING www.joeyslafayette.com
503 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette (Map) - 237-3661
Monday-Saturday: LunchFor the past 30 plus years, Joey's has offered something for all tastes. From soups, salads and baked potatoes to poboys and sandwiches, it's easy to please the whole gang. Lately Joey has been jamming on sandwiches: turducken breasts, ribeye stack and the Rueben are just killer. Call in or check online to find out the daily hot lunch specials such as honey roasted chicken, rainbow trout with spinach Madeline, pork enchiladas or hamburger steak. This is also the place to pick up dinner, either fresh meats and seafood if you feel like cooking or one of Joey's great homemade entrees like Lasagna with Joey's own Italian sausage.
- JOHN E'S SPORTS BAR AND RESTAURANT 610 E. Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 234-4647
Monday-Friday: Lunch and DinnerStop in and catch the game on one of the big screen TVs and check out the menu for some good eats. Try the crab cakes Mardi Gras for a taste of shrimp, crawfish and pico de gallo served in a creamy sauce or the always favorite, chicken and sausage gumbo. There's also daily drink specials and the restaurant is available for private parties and outside catering.
- JULIEN'S FAMOUS www.juliens.com
1900 W. University Ave., Lafayette (Map) - 232-5168
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerWith two locations, one in Lafayette and one in Broussard, Julien's serves up a wide range of south Louisiana cooking. The salad list is extensive for a place with "po-boys" in the name, or try one of the platters with seafood. For the poboys, go for the Ragin' Cajun, which includes ham boiled in crab boil, or the grilled alligator sausage poboy.
- LA HOT FOOD 1414 Moss St., Lafayette (Map) - 234-5658
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerLouisiana fried seafood platters are right alongside Chinese egg rolls and fried rice on the menu at Louisiana Hot Food. (Where else can you get a fried catfish or soft shell crab platter with shrimp fried rice instead of french fries?) Located in the same building as Louisiana Seafood Market, Louisiana Hot Food specializes in perfectly fried fresh seafood and fast takeout.
- LEGENDS 110 Polk St., Lafayette 504-3252 (Map) - 504-3252
Monday-Friday: Lunch; Tuesday-Sunday: Dinner and Late Night
Daily: Lunch, Dinner and Late Night
Daily: Lunch, Dinner and Late Night
Monday-Friday: Lunch; Tuesday-Sunday: Dinner and Late Night
Monday-Friday: Lunch; Tuesday-Sunday: Dinner and Late NightThe original Legends on Bertrand Drive started off serving homemade hamburgers cooked on a George Foreman grill. They are so good that as the bar and grill expanded to restaurants on Polk and Johnston streets, those perfectly seasoned burgers became the center of the menu. There's the original, cheese and Hawaiian, which piles on Applewood bacon, Monterrey jack cheese and grilled pineapple. Along with the burgers, you can get a salad, a sandwich or check out the popular grilled tuna or steak wraps.
- LINEBACKERS 405 E. University Ave., Lafayette (Map) - 889-5522
Monday-Friday: Breakfast and LunchWhen you're near UL, look for this eatery with a bright red roof where the decor reminds you it's all about the Ragin' Cajuns. In the kitchen, daily plate lunch specials are cooked up along with a menu with inventive burgers like the brunch burger - a blend of ground Angus beef and applewood bacon topped with cheese, fries, an egg and chipotle aioli. If you stop in during breakfast, the buttermilk pancakes come with a delicious cinnamon butter spread that fuses perfection once smeared with some maple syrup.
- LOUISIANA PO-BOYS www.louisianapoboys.com
5445 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 984-4191
Monday-Friday: Lunch and DinnerFrom fried shrimp, crawfish or oysters to hot sausage, Louisiana Po-Boys has got your lunchtime ahnvie covered. The Louisiana Club is a house special, with ham, turkey, bacon, pepper jack cheese and a swipe of Cajun mayo. This southside eatery also offers seafood platters, salads with fried or grilled shrimp or chicken, sides of onion rings or hushpuppies and a shake on the side.
- MASALA www.masalaindiankitchen.com
2208 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 981-6373Masala cooks in a clay tandoori oven to capture the authentic flavor of meat roasted at high temperatures. The mixed grill of chicken and lamb highlights the world of Indian spices. Try the Chili Chicken, which marries ginger, garlic and red and green chilis in a pungent sauce, or the smooth rich Saag, a sauce of creamed baby spinach and fenugreek over a choice of lamb, chicken or paneer, the restaurant's homemade cheese. The butter chicken is the most popular item, and for good reason. But go back to India for dessert; the kheer rice pudding is divine.
- MEL'S DINER 2956 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 235-6219
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerBreakfast for dinner is an option at this 24-hour diner with a retro feel. Classic pancake stacks with a side of bacon, comforting BLTs, old home favorites like hamburger steak and mashed potatoes and bottomless cups of coffee will get you through the day or night. Try what made Mel's magical: its biscuits and white gravy.
- MORVANT'S BAR AND GRILL 200 Lafayette St., Youngsville (Map) - 856-7469
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: Lunch
Monday-Friday: LunchThe original Morvant's in Youngsville is the ultimate hole-in-the-wall burger joint. Housed in an old wooden saloon where burgers have been sizzled on the flat grill for nearly half a century, Morvant's is THE burger destination in Acadiana. There's also a salad topped with fried shrimp or grilled chicken. Both locations share the home-ground family seasoning secrets but best guesses are a secret combination of different types of meats make the delectable burger one worth driving out of your way.
- MR. KEETS 9511 Maurice Ave., Maurice (Map) - 898-0590
Monday: Lunch; Tuesday-Friday and Sunday: Lunch (Barbecue only)
- MR. KEETS 2 www.misterkeets.com
3253 Ambassador Caffery, Lafayette (Map) - 534-4345
Daily: Lunch and DinnerWhether you're in the mood for boiled crawfish during crawfish season or authentic gumbo any time of year or a burger just because, Mr. Keets offers a diverse menu that runs the gamut of food options. Don't forget to try the barbecue on Sundays for lunch. Mr. Keets 2 features some of the same fare as the original, plus Blue Point crabs, Alaskan snow crabs, Dungeness crabs and oysters on the half shell.
- OFFICE HOURS SANDWICH SHOP 2303 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 237-4181
Monday-Friday: LunchSpaghetti plate lunches are a hot item at Office Hours; they sell out by noon most days. The menu offers poboys, clubs, burgers, homemade chili livening up cheese dogs and salads topped with grilled shrimp or chicken for a healthy angle on lunch.
- OLDE TYME GROCERY 218 W. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette (Map) - 235-8165
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerOlde Tyme is a beloved mecca for poboys, from the half-shrimp, half-oyster seafood sandwich to the mind-blowing meatball, which is half-price on the Monday night special. Do not attempt to eat a meatball poboy in the car. You will wind up with sauce on everything from your skirt to the emergency brake, which is a good thing. Just hold out and eat it at home with a roll of paper towels nearby.
- PAUL'S PIROGUE www.paulspirogue.com
209 E. St. Peter, Carencro (Map) - 896-3788
Daily: DinnerThe shrimp is so fresh at Paul's Pirogue you can still taste the sweet brine of the sea when you bite into its stellar poboys and platters. Local faves are the signature Paul's Pirogue Special, a creamy combination of crabmeat, eggplant and shrimp topped with Parmesan and baked; the Green Gumbo, made with spinach, andouille, potatoes, white beans and, if you ask, lavished with jumbo lump crabmeat; and heaping platters of boiled and fried seafood. Try the house drink, the Tropical Storm - because it's almost a Hurricane.
- PETE'S FAMILY SPORTS GRILL www.petesonjohnston.com
3903 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 981-4670
Daily: Lunch and DinnerPete's offers one of the best hamburgers in town. The traditional half-pound, flame-broiled burger comes dressed with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Personalize your burger with mushrooms and wine sauce, bacon, grilled onions, jalapeños, fried eggs, chili or an assortment of cheeses. Don't miss out on the killer homemade potato chips, or if you prefer, fried dill pickles.
- POUR 4 Degaulle Square, Lafayette (Map) - 706-7681
Monday-Saturday: Late Lunch-Late DinnerPOUR focuses on world-class wine and food, offering 48 wines by the glass and over a dozen different cheeses as well charcuterie and small plates. The wine list represents regions, countries and varietals from around the world, which were chosen for their taste and character by its certified sommelier. A user-friendly, state-of-the-art set-up allows patrons to taste as many wines as they like. If wine isn't your thing, they have a selection of more than 20 classic and original cocktails as well as a wonderful craft beer menu. POUR succeeds at providing guests with food and drink for everyone's budget in a relaxed and comfortable ambiance.
- RENAISSANCE MARKET 902 Harding St., Lafayette (Map) - 234-1116
Monday-Saturday: LunchShop for antiques and stop for lunch. The European bistro is getting a reputation for Lebanese dishes like meat pies, baked kibbe and lentil soup with sausage. Homemade gumbos, Tuscan chicken soup, and a chicken salad with apples on multi grain bread are all popular dishes. Afternoons, coffee and a slice of cake are a well-deserved respite from the buzz of the Oil Center.
- ROLY POLY SANDWICHES www.rolypoly.com
1004 Coolidge Blvd, Lafayette (Map) - 234-2389
Monday-Friday: Breakfast, Lunch and Early Dinner; Saturday: LuncRoly Poly creates masterful combinations that elevate sandwich and salad-making into art forms. Try the fan favorite the Basil Cashew Chicken sandwich, which is a soiree of fresh basil chicken salad, spicy Thai sauce, avocado, cashews, plum tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts. A recent menu addition is the Peachtree Melt, a divine combination of brie, swiss, ham, peaches and pepper relish with a fresh dill horseradish dipping sauce.
- RUSTED ROOSTER 105 St. Landry St., Lafayette (Map) - 534-4135
Monday-Friday: Breakfast and LunchThis Saint Streets hot spot brings a bit of the past to life serving up dishes created around Bootsie Landry's famous biscuits. You can get your Bootsie's biscuit anyway you like it, but the Coullion is where's it's at - a buttermilk biscuit filled with a fried chicken breast topped with a housemade pecan-praline glaze. If you miss out on breakfast, try a burger or salad from the lunch menu.
- SIRO'S BISTRO www.sirosbistro.com
920 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 233-7476
Monday-Saturday: LunchThis cozy lunch bistro in the Oil Center offers paninis, wraps, fresh baked quiche specials, stuffed croissants and soups served in bread bowls. Or go light with the huge shrimp salad, chicken pesto pasta salad or the ham and chicken cordon bleu.
- SOCIAL SOUTHERN TABLE AND BAR www.socialsouthern.com
3901 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 456-3274
Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerSocial offers a uniquely modern gastropub setting centered around classic comfort foods, craft cocktails and Southern hospitality. The menu rotates seasonal offerings by chef Marc Krampe, but some of the constant popular dishes are the Krab nachos and the smoked shrimp and polenta. The nachos are crispy wontons topped with guacamole and spicy mayo, while the shrimp is Social's take on a modern shrimp and grits - a curry-infused shrimp topped with green tomato relish and a bed of creamy polenta. The desserts change monthly, but pastry chef Amy Salsman is always creating sweet treats to satisfy. Look for special events at Social on their website and don't miss wine down Wednesdays where guests are treated to a complimentary wine tasting starting at 5:30 p.m.
- STEVEN'S Fine Food restaurant 208 S. Pierce St., Lafayette (Map) - 261-1102
Monday-Friday: Lunch and DinnerLocated in the blossoming gentrify of Pierce and Buchanan, Steven's is too small to eat in and too good to ignore. For less than $5 you can get three chicken fingers that are the size of adult hands. Pork chop sandwiches, the best fried shrimp, poboys and fried rice round out the menu. Your best bet is to call ahead once you get a menu - when we say it's small inside, it really is.
- TACO SISTERS www.tacosisters.com
407 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 234-8226
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Early Dinner; Saturday: LunchThe Taco Sisters - Molly and Katy Richard, along with partner and "Taco Mister" Jon Jenkins -- smoke fresh Gulf fish & shrimp, chicken, pork and smothered brisket to serve in their gourmet tacos. The smoked meat or seafood is served as a soft taco, grilled with olive oil and dressed with their fresh combo of spring greens, chopped apples, celery, green onions, carrots and a swipe of their Secret Sauce. Fresh salads and satisfying burritos round out the menu. Drive thru or enjoy the picnic tables in their colorful garden.
- TEAK'S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL 1917 Ridge Road, Duson (Map) - 889-5390
Monday-Thursday: Dinner; Friday-Sunday: Lunch and DinnerIf you're looking for somewhere different to watch the game, stop in at Teak's and you get the game and so much more at this sports bar. The Teak's burger is two beef patties, cheese, grilled onion, andouille sausage, lettuce candied jalapeños and homemade mayo all sandwiched between a pretzel bun. All that flavor deserves something great to wash it down, so try something different like the Teakarita - it's a frozen margarita with a punch of Redbull. Teak's is for the 21 and over crowd, so don't leave your ID behind.
- THE COFFEE DEPOT thecoffeedepot.biz
902 Saint Mary St., Scott (Map) - 704-2280
Daily: Breakfast and LunchNear the train tracks in the small city of Scott, the Coffee Depot's many menu items are named to reflect the spirit of an old railway depot. Stop in for a Conductor Croissant for breakfast or the classic Boxcar breakfast. For lunch, try the new hamburger addition or a LOCO (motive) Cajun Chicken Sub with grilled chicken, hot pepper jack and mild mozzarella covered with hot sauce and served on a hoagie. There are also soups and specialty coffee drinks to keep your warm and awake.
- THE POTATO PLACE 3803 Moss St., Lafayette (Map) - 261-1199
Monday-Friday: Lunch and DinnerThe name says it all - here is a place where the potato reigns supreme. Speaking of supreme, you can get your spud served up that way or with steak, chicken, seafood or any number of combinations. If tubers aren't your thing try the pasta, gumbo or bisque. Make sure to nab some of Potato Place's freshly squeezed lemonade.
- THE SAINT STREET INN www.saintstreetinn.com
404 Brook St., Lafayette (Map) - 534-8112
Tuesday-Sunday: Lunch; Thursday-Sunday: Dinner; Saturday and SunNestled in the heart of one of Lafayette's most historic neighborhoods and a block off the UL campus, the Saint Street Inn is focused on keeping cooking local. Seafood from Gulf waters, produce from Acadiana's gardens and down-home cooking set the table for an inspired seasonal menu. Both the kitchen and the bar stay open late, and there's always a spot on the big front porch to sip a local brew and watch the sun go down.
- THE WILD SALMON 813 Foreman Dr., Lafayette (Map) - 988-0052
Monday-Thursday: Dinner, Fridays and Saturdays: Bar FoodThe Wild Salmon recently revamped its menu to include a hodge podge of bar food, including veggie burgers, a pork chop sandwich, cheeseburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, and a Wild Salmon sandwich with grilled salmon. There are beef, chicken and shrimp quesadillas, hot dogs, egg rolls, jalapeño poppers, cheese sticks, personal pizzas, boudin links, hot wings and red beans and rice. Chow down with a Canebrake - always on tap - when you go to hear a live band or shoot pool.
- TON'S www.tonsdrivein.com
101 W. Main St., Broussard (Map) - 837-6684
Monday-Saturday: Breakfast and LunchIt's hard to get into the parking lot come lunchtime at Ton's. Burgers, poboys, seafood baskets, gumbo, all made to order out of the family run-kitchen. Plate lunch specials include the popular baked chicken and cabbage casserole. Don't miss the homemade biscuits at breakfast, stacked with eggs, meat and cheese.
- WALK-ON'S walk-ons.com
2336 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 706-7433
Daily: Lunch and DinnerWalk-On's was founded by two guys who drew up plans for a restaurant while en route to a game as walk-ons for LSU's basketball team. Ten years and several businesses later Walk-On's has made its home in Lafayette. There are nearly 50 flatscreen televisions throughout the restaurant making it ideal for sports fans. Choose from one of 48 beers on tap while you chow down on Cajundillas filled with andouille, boudin, jack cheese and jalapeños, or choose from a seemingly endless list of burgers, sandwiches and wraps.
- WHOLE WHEATERY EATERY 927 Harding St., Lafayette (Map) - 232-7774
Monday-Saturday: LunchThe Whole Wheatery prides itself on a wide selection of health-conscious salads and sandwiches, including chicken salad and tuna salad dressed with sprouts and tomatoes on wheat bread, and a black bean vegetarian burger. They also feature a rotating selection of hot lunches such as baked chicken, bean enchiladas and gumbo. Look for hot plate lunches Monday through Friday and sandwiches on Saturdays.
- Young's Sports Grill 305 E. Main St., Broussard (Map) - 330-2900
Daily: Lunch, Dinner and Late NightYou know you're in the right place to catch the game cause the big screen TV is surrounded by goal posts in this bar and grill. The burgers are hand-ground and seasoned at Earl's Meat Market, sandwiched between a sweet dough bun. Specials like pork roast lasagne, boiled crawfish, Ragin Cajun crawfish balls and Tiger Bait (fried alligator of course), are all on the menu, along with the NFL.
- ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL www.zearestaurants.com
235 Doucet Road, (Map) - 406-0013
Daily: Lunch and DinnerZea is a meat lover's dream, thanks to its always-cookin' rotisserie and carved meats, prime rib and downright addictive Thai Ribs. Fowl fans flock to Zea Twice Cooked Crispy Duck entree, slowly roasted and crisped with Asian herbs and honey soy sauce. The Kobe beef burger is a standout, and don't overlook the sides; Zea's is famous for its roasted corn grits and crunchy sugarsnap peas. Whole fish filets come coated in nuts, pesto or etouffee and wash them down with some of Zea's microbrew.
- ZIGGY'S 190 Heritage Pkwy., Broussard (Map) - 856-0007
Monday: Lunch; Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerWhere else can you get a fried rabbit poboy? Ziggy's on the highway is a busy place, largely because of the plate lunches like a heavy duty hamburger steak. The bar is a sweet place to settle in if you're in between Lafayette and New Iberia with football season under way and a little time to kill. Don't drive away without trying the decadent bread pudding or indulging in a famed margarita.
- BAILEY'S SEAFOOD & GRILL 5520-A Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 988-6464
Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: BrunchEma Haq's recently renovated Bailey's Seafood and Grill is adjacent to the casual Ema's Cafe and offers an array of South Louisiana and international fare. At lunch time, go for the maple leaf duck salad with a cup of roasted tomato basil with crab. For dinner, go for the tandoori rack of lamb, topped with a mango chutney demi-glace.
- GUIDRY'S REEF www.guidrysreef.com
1508 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 237-2860
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerFocus on the fresh lump crab meat au gratin at Guidry's Reef or for purists, sauteed lump crab meat couldn't be simpler. Shrimp comes boiled or fried and there's soft-shell crab that's good on a platter and even better stuffed into a poboy. The seafood combination salad will lull your seafood cravings with its Louisiana crabmeat, crawfish and shrimp.
- JUDICE INN www.judiceinn.com
3134 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 984-5614
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerFor more than 60 years, the family-owned Judice Inn has been serving up little hamburgers with just the right amount of spice and grease. One's just not enough, and two is sometimes too much. The burgers are dressed with a top-secret sauce. After all those years, there are still no French fries here, so order a bag of Zapp's potato chips. Other notable grill-top items include the grilled cheese and the egg sandwiches. Cool your mouth off from the spicy burger with a handmade chocolate milkshake.
- LA FONDA RESTAURANT www.lafonda1957.com
3809 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 984-5630
Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerLa Fonda has sustained Lafayette's thirst for margaritas, Tex-Mex and partying since the doors opened in 1957. But beyond Mexican calling cards like carne asada, the house favorite steak is an off-the-menu filet mignon or ribeye topped with sauteed onions and cheese dubbed the Don Briggs Special. If you like the fried rabbit, order one of the best-kept secrets - La Fonda has some of the finest fried chicken in town.
- PALACE Cafe 135 W. Landry St., Opelousas (Map) - 942-2142
Monday-Friday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: BreakfastThree generations of the Doucas family have operated the Palace, across from the St. Landry Parish Courthouse, since 1927. The menu offers Cajun specialties like crawfish etouffee, bisque and crabmeat-stuffed eggplant in addition to steaks, fish and salads. A local favorite is the smothered calf's liver and onions. The Greek salad and deservedly famous baklava are nods to the family's Greek heritage.
- PHARES www.pharesrestaurant.net
3502 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 504-3002
Tuesday-Saturday: DinnerThe Phares family has been in the oyster business for more than 35 years. A perfect dinner at Phares is a dozen raw oysters, a dozen of its fire-roasted oysters sizzled with butter, garlic and Parmesan, then another dozen fried for dessert. Simple grilled fresh fish is a house speciality. End your meal with the homemade cheesecake topped with fresh Louisiana berries.
- THE ORIGINAL DON'S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE www.donsdowntown.com
301 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette (Map) - 235-3551
Daily: Lunch and DinnerThe 1934 Don's Beer Parlor has grown into a full-blown institution in downtown Lafayette with some true Cajun dishes like the half-and-half plates of shrimp or crawfish cooked into an etouffee and fried tails or the popular seafood salad. On a blustery fall day, Don's dishes up a savory bowl of chicken and sausage gumbo perfect to cut the chill in the air. If you're just passing through downtown, stop in the revamped bar for an Old Fashioned with rock candy swizzle stick - a cocktail as iconic as Don's itself.
- ACADIANA GRILLED CHEESE COMPANY 519 S. Pierce, Lafayette, 288-2457Monday-Saturday: Lunch and dinner; Special eventsThis former food truck has set up shop in the bottom of the Uptown Lofts and is still serving up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and more. Almost a dozen varieties of grilled cheese are on the menu and several signature "Peaux Dogs" - thing exotic game meets sausage poboy. Burgers, salads, waffle fries and plenty other fast fixin's are inside so stop in and see what's new.
- BUSTER'S FROZEN CUSTARD Check Facebook for daily location, 288-7011Hours varyBuster's Frozen Custard is a freshly made rich and creamy premium ice cream. What is frozen custard? It started in the early 1900s at Coney Island, and traditionally contains 10 percent butterfat and egg yolk, creating richer flavors. Buster's Custard offers traditional flavors like vanilla and chocolate with an array of toppings and also rotating fruit flavors. If you catch Buster's on a special day, ask for an old-fashioned root beer float. Look for the friendly face of Buster the dog on the side of the truck rolling to a curb near you.
- CHEF GREGORY 439 Millcreek Road, Lafayette, 356-3867
Check Facebook for daily locationTuesday-Saturday: Lunch Daily: Dinner; Special eventsChef Gregory's award-winning pulled pork makes a great sandwich or atop his Rock Star nachos. The chef serves his mesquite-cooked pulled pork over tortilla chips topped with cheddar cheese, jalapeños, tomatoes and sour cream. Be on the look out for this truck for lunch and if you miss it, hop over to his restaurant location on Millcreek Road for dinner.
- FREETOWN FRIES Check Facebook for daily locations, 967-1016Friday and Saturday: Lunch, Special eventsFresh, hand cut french fries are the base of all the dishes on the Freetown Fries truck. Take the spud beyond a simple dip of ketchup. Try one of the specialty dipping sauces like the rosemary garlic mayo or nibble fresh flavors for spring on the pesto frites - fries, pesto may and a tomato basil herb salad with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
- LA strEAT Check Facebook for daily location, 412-4909Hours vary; Special eventsLA StrEAT brings high style restaurant-quality meals that are totally mobile right to where you are to cut the hassle out of lunch away from the office. This truck's food is all about street life - the Notorious P.I.G is a pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich with a pop of heat from jalepeno cheddar bread.
- MAD LUANN'S Check Facebook for daily location, 366-1271Monday-Saturday: Breakfast and Lunch; Special eventsWhen you mix a mobile kitchen with Cajun flavors and whip up breakfast, you get a not-so-typical breakfast biscuit like Mad LuAnn's boudin biscuit with fig preserves and smoked bacon or a venison sausage, egg and cheese biscuit. At lunch, try the Cajun cochon sliders - smoked pork, pickled onions and coleslaw for a small bite packing lots of flavor.
- MAMMA T'S Check Facebook for daily location, 280-5607Daily: Lunch, Special eventsYou'll smell smoky flavors of BBQ like brisket, ribs and pulled pork from the pit of Mamma T's. The menu rotates a few daily specials, so be sure to check their Facebook page to know what goodness is in store for your BBQ lunch delights.
- PELON'S MEXICAN HOT DOGS Check Facebook for location, 224-0525Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner; Special eventsPelon's brings flair to a hot dog that is way beyond mustard and relish - these dogs are turkey franks wrapped in hardwood-smoked bacon and served on a bun with custom toppings. The Ragin Cajun is a bacon wrapped dog topped with melted white queso, pico de gallo and Cajun mayo sauce. If you prefer your dog a bit more traditional, get the Gringo which is Pelon's take on a classic chili cheese dog.
- RICE KINGS 2127 Dulles Drive, Lafayette, 944-9328
Check Facebook for daily truck locationTuesday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner (dinner at Dulles location only); Special eventsLook for this bright orange truck that cooks Asian, stop and treat yourself to some authentic flavors like the Korean bulgogi tacos or the kimchi fries. This food truck even serves sushi handmade on the truck. If you miss the truck for lunch, head over to the free-standing dinner location on Dulles Drive.
- VIVA LA WAFFLE Check Facebook for daily location, 393-0177Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch; Special eventsThe original food truck of Lafayette, Collin Cormier's Viva la Waffle serves up craft sandwiches and daily specials on truck-made waffles. The Rosceaux is a signature dish of fried chicken and a drizzle of honey sauce. A seasonal special you can get on Saturdays is the crawfish grilled cheese waffle - Louisiana crawfish tails sautéed in butter with onions, garlic bell pepper and crawfish boil seasoning stuffed into a melty cheddar waffle with a side of dipping sauce.
- ABACUS 530 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 269-1550
Monday-Friday: LunchPlate lunches in a posh atmosphere. The deco building has gleaming hardwood floors, sleek lines and a nice dark bar. A buffet menu rotates through the week, stuffed turkey wings and barbecue brisket are faves, but there's a bigger universe at Abacus. Daily braised fish, multiple salads and usually a superb gumbo are on the buffet line.
- ACADIAN SUPERETTE 600 Lamar St., Lafayette (Map) - 237-4509
Daily: Breakfast and LunchFreetown folks know of this stellar lunch place. It's located on the corner of Stewart and Lamar and regulars will put the Superette's burgers up as the best in town. Plate lunches are served daily with a traditional seafood dish on Fridays. It also acts as a neighborhood bodega where you can nab a few groceries with your breakfast or dinner.
- ANTLERS www.antlersdowntown.com
555 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 234-8877
Monday-Friday: Lunch; Dinner: Downtown Alive! FridaysLouisiana home cooking is so good we hold restaurants up to a high standard, and nothing is judged more critically than rice and gravy. Antler's has been in Johnny Walter's family for decades, and the devotion to the deep brown stuff is evident in the plate lunches on the menu. There are Antler's smothered chicken die-hards, pork chop acolytes and rabbit fricassee to wow gravy pilgrims. Another local fave is Antler's soft-shell crab poboys; don't forget to ask for sweet potato fries on the side.
- BURGER BEST 302 Carmel Drive, Lafayette (Map) - 235-4052
Monday-Friday: Breakfast and LunchBurger Best is a tiny hole-in-the-wall so small there's only room for the two cooks. You can eat lunch in your car or better yet, take the sumptuous plate lunches off to the park for a picnic. Go for a fried egg and cheese breakfast sandwich early, the like-you'd-make-it-at-home $1.50 burger, or a daily selection of hefty lunches. If cabbage rolls are on the menu, they're a winner.
- CHAMPAGNE'S GROCERY & DELI 716 Souvenir Gate, Lafayette (Map) - 235-6733
Monday-Friday: LunchTucked away in the heart of Lafayette's Saint Street neighborhood is a little market and deli that turns out poboys, boudin and classic meat-and-three-side plate lunches. Fried chicken on Wednesdays, pork roast on Thursdays, shrimp stew Fridays. You know the drill. All the veggies are 50 cents per scoop, so build a veg meal out of the sides if you're not hungry for the full plate lunch.
- COUNTRY CUISINE 709 N. University Ave., Lafayette (Map) - 269-1653
Tuesday-Saturday: LunchOwner Chris Williams inherited the landmark restaurant from his late father Roy, who picked up many of his savory soul food dishes when he worked in the kitchen by his grandmother's side on the family farm in Duson. Try the crawfish or shrimp etouffee, pork roast with mac and cheese, smothered round steak with hearty rice dressing or drop in for Williams' popular Sunday barbecue. But be forewarned, this is slow food at its best. You will wait. It's worth it.
- CREOLE LUNCH HOUSE 713 Twelfth St., Lafayette (Map) - 232-9929
Monday-Friday: LunchMerline Herbert has built an industry on her famous meat-stuffed breads. Her neighborhood restaurant operates out of a modest-sized house and is a quintessential stop for anyone in search of Lafayette's best plate lunches and a conversation in Creole French. The killer chicken fricassee is criminally good, as are the silky butter beans and spicy stuffed pork chops. Regulars rave about the stuffed bread, which is not to be missed.
- EMA'S RESTAURANT www.emascooking.com
5520 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 981-4849
Daily: Breakfast and LunchIf you're looking for comfort food -- in the form of Southern and Louisiana cuisine - look no further than Ema's. Menu items range from local favorites like liver and grilled onions and fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes crawfish cakes served over angel hair. The atmosphere's casual, the food's down home and the staff's hospitable.
- GARY'S 104 Lamar St., Lafayette (Map) - 235-2921
Monday-Friday: Breakfast and LunchFormerly a neighborhood grocery, this corner plate lunch joint in Freetown is known for its breakfast burger - a fried egg and bacon served atop a fully dressed traditional hamburger. On Tuesdays, Gary's makes the best chicken stew in town, or try its Friday crawfish etouffee. Look for its sign proclaiming its "World Famous Breakfasts" then sit on one of the benches outside and watch the trains roll by.
- HUB CITY DINER www.hubcitydiner.com
1412 S. College Road, Lafayette (Map) - 235-5683
Monday-Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerThis family-style diner is awash in '50s decor and offers affordable home-style cooking. Breakfasts are hefty like the sweet potato pancakes with Steen's syrup. Lunches and dinners feature blue plate specials like Hub City's three-way hamburger steak, a 9-ounce steak served up the way you want it, with either cheese, gravy or onions.
- LANDRY'S Cafe 3701 Cameron St., Lafayette (Map) - 837-0445
Monday-Friday: LunchWhile Denise Landry is duly famous for her hamburger steak and chicken-fried steak plate lunches, her real claim to fame is her cornbread dressing. And that's only one of eight side dishes, including corn macque choux and mac and cheese. Her lunch place gets so busy at noon time, regulars know to show up at 11 a.m., or wait till after 1 p.m. The plate lunches are different every week so stop by a lot for the variety of offerings.
- LAURA'S II 1904 W. University Ave., Lafayette (Map) - 593-8006
Daily: LunchNo one's ever left Laura's II hungry. This soul food landmark is known for its home-style cooking, bargain prices and heaping portions. You can eat right around the week: Tuesday it's smothered chicken, Wednesday look for hamburger steaks, Thursday go for barbecued ribs, Friday, fried catfish and shrimp, and Saturday, don't miss the fried pork chops. Try everyone's favorite side, the black-eyed peas. They taste as though your mom made them.
- NIMBEAUX'S www.nimbeauxs.net
2011 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 205-9570
Monday-Friday: Lunch; Friday-Saturday: DinnerNimbeaux's lays claim to "the best fried catfish in town." Its laid-back, casual atmosphere is perfect for dining on the restaurant's specialty seafood menu items, especially crawfish dishes, steaks and daily lunch specials like Friday's catfish with a side of shrimp stew. Wrap your hands around one of the big burgers, which weigh in at half a pound.
- NOAH'S Cafe 2310 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 406-2440
Monday-Saturday: LunchTucked away in a strip mall near Dulles Drive, Noah's serves a set plate lunch menu. Try the Tuesday trifecta of smothered chicken, smothered steak and lasagna if you miss out on Monday's grilled pork steak or meatball stew. Seafood Fridays, go for the smothered okra and shrimp.
- PAT'S DOWNTOWN www.patsdowntown.com
107 E. Main St., Lafayette (Map) - 289-5270
Monday-Saturday: Lunch; Friday: Dinner during Downtown Alive! wePat's Downtown offers a wide variety, whether it's a shrimp poboy, a loaded baked mega-potato, a salad, a fried catfish plate lunch, a pork chop sandwich or even wraps. Try Pat's Special, a pair of fried catfish filets topped with crawfish etouffee and a slice of bread pudding for dessert. The peach cobbler is not to be missed, nor is the shrimp stew.
- T-COON'S RESTAURANT www.tcoons.com
1900 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 233-0422
Monday-Saturday: Breakfast and Lunch; Sunday: Breakfast onlyT-Coon's boasts some of the biggest and heartiest plate lunches in town. Fried chicken, fried catfish, smothered rabbit, stuffed pork chops, brisket and red beans are entree heaven, complemented by equally satisfying sides ranging from cornbread dressing to macque choux. Stop by for breakfast beignets.
- THE LUNCH BOX www.lunchboxmenu.com
3909 Moss St., Lafayette (Map) - 233-8298
Daily: Lunch; Thursday-Friday: DinnerDon't let the plate lunch, poboy and gumbo daily menu (not to mention the name) lull you into thinking the Lunch Box is only for noon time. Thursday night is steak night, Friday evenings offer an ocean of seafood and Sundays everything from pork roast to chickens is pulled off the barbecue grill. Find every day's offerings on their website, where the menu is organized by day.?
- 2 PAUL'S RADICALLY URBAN BARBEQUE www.2paulsbbq.com
2668 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 232-1181
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Daily: Lunch and Dinner2 Paul's prides itself on its Oklahoma smoke and Louisiana spice while fusing west Texas dry-rubbed, slow-smoked pork and beef with Louisiana basics like Cajun rice dressing. The menu is barbecue-joint simple: a handful of smoked meat plates, sandwiches, salads and sides, with one welcome addition, Oinkin' good fries - an appetizer that starts with crispy fries topped with pulled pork, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, onions and a sweet pepper jelly sauce. 2 Paul's has expanded its dining room to offer an area for events and catering - perfect for gatherings after soccer and football games or birthday celebrations.
- A & B Henderson www.gatorcove.com
2601 SE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette (Map) - 264-1263
Tuesday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Monday, Saturday-Sunday: DinneBring your appetite to this buffet-style restaurant specializing in pork ribs, brisket and sausage served up with no frills. The expansive, casual dining hall is great for large parties especially during football tailgating season. For parties, pick up meats by the pound and sides by the pint or gallon.
- ACADIAN FOOD MART 618 Rue du Belier, Lafayette (Map) - 981-5026
Daily: Breakfast and LunchBarbecue days, Thursdays and Sundays, are especially busy at the mart. By 10 a.m., customers start wanting lunch, which is why the barbecue pit, on the side of the store, is already full of half chickens and pork steaks mopped with Jack Miller's Bar-B-Que sauce by 6 a.m. Grab a fried boudin ball for the road, but don't get so full you miss the savory pork steak sandwich, bone in and all, the way it's supposed to be.
- ALLISON'S BBQ PIT 501 W. Laurel Ave., Eunice (Map) - 457-9218
Wednesday-Sunday: LunchIn business nearly three decades, Linus Allison burns oak, hickory and pecan to create the sweet smoky flavor from his pit that you can smell the hardwood smoke from a mile away. Pork steaks, chicken, brisket, ribs and links come loaded with a homemade sauce - add rice dressing, potato salad and baked beans and you've got yourself one great meal. If you plan to eat on the spot, be prepared to picnic on your tailgate; Allison's is take-out only.
- EDDIE'S BBQ www.eddiesbbq.net
3439 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 504-3949
Daily: Lunch and DinnerLong known as THE barbecue joint in Alexandria, father Eddie and son Dan Ahrens brought their 30-year-old CenLa smoking tradition to Lafayette in 2009. By the plate or by the pound, Eddie's offers a spread: ribs, chicken, brisket, turkey and ham, with a large variety of sides. The platters come in an array of meat choices or just grab a whole rack of St. Louis ribs. Add a side of potato salad, fresh green bean casserole, rice dressing or fried okra. Don't forget to save room for peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream for dessert.
- JOHNSON'S BOUCANIERE www.johnsonsboucaniere.com
1111 St. John St., Lafayette (Map) - 269-8878
Tuesday-Thursday: Lunch and Early Dinner; Friday: Lunch and DinnIn Downtown, Johnson's Boucaniere is king of barbecue and homegrown music. The sandwiches are not for the faint of heart either, especially the Stevie's Stuffed Grilled Cheese - think Cajun meets Philly cheese steak. Grab a seat on the porch and a bottle of Swamp Pop while you savor the barbecued country-style boneless rib plate lunch and pit grilled chicken that will knock your socks off. And if it's Tuesday, save room for the sweet treat known as a Hello Dollie. Based on the recipes developed at Johnson's Grocery in Eunice over the course of its 68-year history, Johnson's also offers pulled pork sandwiches, sausage poboys, chicken and sausage gumbo as well as specialty smoked meats like tasso, sausage, beef jerky, and boudin.
- LIL DADDY'S www.lildaddysbarbq.com
1339 SE Evangeline Thruway., Lafayette (Map) - 261-5253
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerFor over a decade Lil Daddy's has been serving up smoked meat delights. The chicken and ribs combo is a favorite that pairs with dirty rice and field peas to make a tasty plate. Ask for the cole slaw piled onto the pulled pork sandwich for a Carolina crunch or grab a family pack on your way home for dinner. Have a bigger crew to feed or looking for some quick tailgate pick me ups? Lil Daddy's does catering too. While you're there, you can pick up some motor oil and a gallon of milk - it's a full-service station.
- BAYOU BOUDIN & CRACKLIN Cafe www.bayoucabins.com
100 W. Mills Ave., Breaux Bridge (Map) - 332-6158
Wednesday-Sunday: Breakfast and LunchWhen you spend the night in one of the cabins overlooking Bayou Teche, owner Rocky Sonnier treats you to Bayou Boudin's sampler plate: hot-from-the-fryer cracklins, freshly made boudin and a slice of hogs head cheese, which tastes even better when washed down with his homemade root beer. Or drop in for a rustic and deeply Cajun lunch.
- BOJANGLES www.bojanglessushi.com
101 E. Main St., New Iberia (Map) - 369-5929
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerBojangles' cobalt blue sushi bar and diverse menu feature lots of innovative sushi rolls, sashimi specials like a salmon rose and raw oysters on the half shell. If the raw bar's not your style, there are fried or garlic-and-cheese grilled oysters, steaks and teriyaki dinners.
- BON CREOLE Seafood, inc. www.boncreoleseafoods.com
1409 E. St. Peter St., New Iberia (Map) - 367-6181
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: LunchBon Creole doesn't know the meaning of restraint; its seafood poboys are so over-stuffed you'll have trouble getting your mouth around them. Sandwiches made with shrimp, oysters, soft-shell crab and crawfish are joined by a homemade hamburger poboy. Bon Creole boils seafood at night, and the excellent seafood gumbo is New Orleans style, thick and redolent with shrimp and crabmeat. Sundays, the barbecue pit flames chicken, sausage, pork chops and ribs. This place is the creator of the Crawfish Spinach Boat that haunts hands and stomachs at festivals year round, yet isn't on the regular menu.
- BRENDA'S DINE IN OR TAKE OUT 411 W. Pershing St., New Iberia (Map) - 367-0868
Monday-Friday: Breakfast and LunchThis tiny family-run breakfast and plate lunch restaurant has earned its share of big accolades, with coverage in The New York Times and Gourmet magazine. Owner Brenda Placide makes great standards like fried chicken, barbecue ribs and red beans and rice, but her smothered cabbage with sausage is the house specialty. Fridays, every kind of seafood washes up on her combo plate.
- CAFE BREEN www.cafebreen.com
204 North Main St., Opelousas (Map) - 678-1303
Monday-Friday: LunchCafe Breen offers a unique experience in Opelousas with a full-service coffee bar with combinations like chocolate chip cookie or peanut butter bliss lattes. It also has a hefty tea assortment from traditional Earl Grey to Strawberry-Kiwi. The star of the menu is the seafood and corn bisque. It's rich, spicy and is loaded with all the savory-sweet flavors it should be. Go for the full Monty and get the special: the bisque or small salad, one of their wraps and fresh peach cobbler.
- CAFE JEFFERSON www.ripvanwinklegardens.com
5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia (Map) - 359-8525
Daily: LunchA small dining room on a glassed-in porch overlooks the lake. The Rip Van Winkle Gardens surround you as you dine. Try the seafood heaven, which has a basil sauce full of shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish over angel hair. The seafood bisque, however, is a mainstay and perennial favorite of Cafe Jefferson. For dessert, a fat wedge of Key Lime pie and a cup of coffee or a cocktail will complete your perfect afternoon.
- CLEMENTINE DINING & SPIRITS www.clementinedowntown.com
113 E. Main St., New Iberia (Map) - 560-1007
Tuesday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerA beautiful antique bar welcomes you into New Iberia's finest restaurant. Start with the crawfish snaps, which top gingersnaps with crawfish salad, cilantro oil and fresh dill. Try the crab-stuffed jumbo soft shell crab, or the duck and gnocci alfredo. Clementine is justifiably famous for its bread pudding, so don't skip dessert. For something lighter, park yourself at the bar and munch on snacks like Cajun wontons, filled with crawfish, boudin and a fig dipping sauce.
- COMEAUX'S Cafe 104 S. State St., Abbeville (Map) - 898-9218
Monday-Friday: Breakfast and Lunch; Saturday: BreakfastComeaux's Cafe is the place for breakfast in Abbeville. Don't miss the pain perdu (French toast), dusted with powdered sugar. Be sure to douse it with Abbeville's Steen's syrup, a local, molasses-flavored favorite. The grilled biscuit with ham is another winner, or segue into lunch. Cajun classics like crawfish etouffee sit side by side with the restaurant's renowned hamburger steak.
- DUPUY'S OYSTER SHOP www.dupuysoystershop.com
108 S. Main St., Abbeville (Map) - 893-2336
Tuesday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerSince 1896, oysters on the half shell have been Dupuy's calling card in winter but the crab cakes at Dupuy's are equally stellar. Seafood turns up fried, grilled, pan-sauteed, in gumbo, over pasta, in eggplant stuffing and on poboys. When you're headed out to Vermilion parish, stop in at Dupuy's for friendly service and a heaping of seafood.
- EL DORADO 2307 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley (Map) - 785-0339
Daily: Lunch and DinnerIf you are very hungry and want to get down to it try El Dorado's buffet with options ranging from the healthy to decadent. You can order off the menu anytime if buffets aren't your bag. Try the chimichanga with grilled chicken. Check out the powdery soft sopapillas drizzled with honey, hot and made fresh constantly.
- FEZZO'S SEAFOOD www.fezzos.com
720 S. Frontage Road, Scott (Map) - 261-2464
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: Lunch
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: LunchRaw oysters, charbroiled oysters, boiled shrimp and crawfish, oh my! Other menu items include gumbo, fried and grilled fish, po-boys, steaks and salads. Then there's the house favorites, Phil's Seafood Festival - seafood gumbo, oysters, shrimp, fish, frog legs, a crab cake, stuffed shrimp and seafood etouffee over rice - or Pat's Ribeye Supreme - a 10-oz. ribeye steak flame-grilled and smothered in seafood etouffee. For the sweet tooth, try the bread pudding to make your meal complete.
- FROSTO 228 N. Ave. G, Crowley (Map) - 783-0917
Sunday-Thursday: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerNot much has changed since Frosto opened in 1956, and that's a good thing. The drive-in restaurant in historic downtown Crowley, still owned by the same family, serves up everything from scratch, like its homemade hamburgers, hot dogs, daily plate lunches, fried shrimp and catfish, onion rings and ice cream. It still serves those old-fashioned dip cones, which are a blast from a childhood past.
- JOSEPHINE'S 830 S. Main St., St. Martinville (Map) - 394-8030
Monday-Friday: LunchJosephine Cormier knows Creole food. Her weekly menu items include stuffed turkey wings over cornbread dressing, smothered pork over dirty rice or the superb barbecued ribs from the pit out back. Cormier opens the doors early, and it's not unusual for her to sell out of menu items by noon. "A big man needs a big lunch," is Miss Josephine's phrase.
- LITTLE RIVER INN www.littleriverinnnewiberia.com
833 E. Main St., New Iberia (Map) - 367-7466
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerLittle River Inn is the place to go for Maine lobster -- boiled, broiled, stuffed or surf and turf with your favorite steak. The Shrimp and Catfish Pirogue floats seafood in an eggplant bateau, topped with a creamy pesto sauce. If seafood isn't your dish, try the St. Louis-style barbecued ribs, followed by the perennial favorite, bread pudding.
- MAIN STREET PIZZA 719 S. Main St., Breaux Bridge (Map) - 332-3232
Daily: Lunch and DinnerOwners Lisa Foster and Nick Breaux serve up daily plate lunches during the week, or stop by for dinner to choose among pizzas named after Breaux Bridge streets, pastas, poboys, salads and appetizers. Try the BBQ Roast Beef Poboy that comes layered with tender beef and all the fixings, or the South of I-10 pizza with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage, hamburger, onions, jalapeños, green peppers, mushrooms, smoked sausage, bacon, shrimp, tomatoes and cheese for a cornucopia of flavors bursting in your mouth.
- MYRAN'S MAISON 1023 Neblett St., Arnaudville (Map) - 754-5064
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerMyran's porch overlooks Bayou Teche, and it's the right place to settle in for boiled crawfish. There are eggs for breakfast and a stunningly good shrimp poboy at lunch, but it's boiled crawfish and shrimp that draw folks in the door, and Myran's is one of the few places that offer boiled seafood at lunch time.
- PARK RESTAURANT 204 Park Ave., Abbeville (Map) - 893-9957
Daily: Breakfast and Lunch; Friday and Saturday: DinnerTucked away on a side street off Hwy 167, the Park starts off your day with the Cajun omelette, stuffed with tasso, andouille, onions, bell pepper and a little bit of cheese. The pancakes, sweetened with Abbeville-made Steen's syrup, are so big most patrons can eat only one. Plate lunches are served Monday through Friday, like steak and gravy or pork roast, or try one of the best burgers in town.
- POCHE'S MARKET www.pochesmarket.com
3015 Main Hwy., Breaux Bridge (Map) - 332-2108
Daily: Lunch and DinnerTraditional Cajun and Creole plate lunches get top billing at this Breaux Bridge favorite. Pork backbone stew and crawfish etouffee have their share of devotees, and Poche's also offers Cajun favorites such as boudin and cracklins. Visit Poche's on Sundays to feast on old-fashioned Sunday barbecue and dirty rice, a Poche's tradition for more than 30 years. And don't walk out the door without one of its stand-out pralines for a rolling dessert.
- SHUCKS! www.shucksrestaurant.com
701 W. Port St., Abbeville (Map) - 898-3311
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerEveryone knows that Shucks! is renowned for some of the best raw oysters in southwest Louisiana (get em pan-broiled, fried or stuffed if you like), but owners David Bertrand and Bert Istre have also tweaked and expanded the menu a bit. There are crab cakes, fried alligator, shrimp remoulade, duck and andouille gumbo and an oyster stew recipe that's winning raves.
- SOOP'S SEAFOOD 8218 Maurice Ave, Hwy. 167 (Map) - 893-2462
Monday: Lunch; Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and DinnerSoop's menu doesn't stray too far from its name, keeping it simple with hamburger steaks and ribeyes. On the seafood front, the Chef's Special overflows with seafood gumbo, shrimp etouffee, shrimp-stuffed bell pepper, crabmeat au gratin, fried shrimp and french fries.
- THE RIVERFRONT www.riverfrontla.com
503 W. Port St., Abbeville (Map) - 893-3070
Tuesday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: Dinner;Having a cocktail on the deck overlooking the Vermilion River is a perfect way to start a meal at the Riverfront, which is known for its Eggplant Evangeline, fried eggplant medallions topped with crabmeat bechamel sauce. Fried seafood platters are also popular, as are the Riverfront's black Angus beef steaks.
- VICTOR'S CafeTERIA www.victorscafeteria.com
109 W. Main St., New Iberia (Map) - 369-9924
Daily: Breakfast; Sunday-Friday: LunchDon't let the cafeteria-style service fool you. Breakfast dishes like omelettes and pancakes are made to order, and at lunch some of the best gumbo in town is spooned over rice. Or go for the crisp fried seafood, baked chicken and eggplant stuffing. Don't miss out on the homemade desserts like banana creme or lemon meringue pie.
- VILLAGER'S www.villagerscafe.net
8400 Maurice Ave., (Hwy. 167) Maurice (Map) - 898-1554
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: LunchEven in the land of great shrimp poboys, Villager's stands out as one of the best. But bring a buddy, cause you have to order the slow cooked gravy laced pot roast poboy as well, and the barbecue poboy, and the chicken fried steak poboy, and - you get it. Nightly specials feature a whole poboy for $5.25 and Monday is meatball poboy night.
- BAYOU BISTRO 1801 W. Pinhook Road, in Hotel Acadiana, Lafayette (Map) - 233-8120
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerSettle into the intimate dining room at Bayou Bistro. Nibble on the crisp eggplant fries for a starter, followed by a New Orleans-style grilled shrimp. For dessert, choose among a chocolate molten cake, pecan pie, cheesecake and strawberry shortcake.
- Cafe VERMILIONVILLE www.cafev.com
1304 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 237-0100
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerOne of Lafayette's oldest buildings, a 19th-century inn, houses one of Lafayette's finest restaurants. Chef Pat Waters changes the menu seasonally to offer the freshest options. Every Wednesday evening in the spring and fall, enjoy the Courtyard Series where specialty small plates, appetizers and cocktails are offered with the sounds of local musicians. The tiny bar is intimate and superb and leads out to a wonderful back patio to sit and dine or simply have an old-fashioned.
- CHARLEY G'S SEAFOOD GRILL www.charleygs.com
3809 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 981-0108
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerCharley G's menu evolves with the seasons. The crab cakes are delectable. The smoked duck and andouille gumbo has been on Charley G's menu since the restaurant opened in 1985, with good reason. In addition to upscale Cajun cuisine, the kitchen serves premium steaks grilled over Southern hardwoods that create a perfect crust on the beef. Try the famous white chocolate bread pudding, which melts in your mouth. Make sure to ask about the monthly specialty dinners this place throws that require special reservations - they are themed and usually partner with a wine or spirits merchant in town for an epicurean experience.
- FRENCH PRESS www.thefrenchpresslafayette.com
214 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette (Map) - 233-9449
Tuesday-Sunday: Breakfast and Lunch;Breakfast when you really need it, about 11 a.m., is one calling card of the French Press. The daytime menu is filled with rich options, including the Sweet Baby Breesus, which sandwiches bacon and boudin balls in buttermilk biscuits, or opt for the French toast, which sandwiches banana cream cheese and is topped with berry-champagne compote - and ice cream, if you'd like. Be prepared to wait a while for a table on weekend mornings, but a mimosa in hand makes that a little easier. Weekend nights, the white tablecloths come out and chef/owner Justin Girouard pulls out all the stops with some of the most innovative cooking in town. Check the restaurant's website for the weekend dinner menu; two-time James Beard Award nominee Girouard plans his meals around what's freshest from the farms and waters of Louisiana.
- iMONELLI RESTAURANT 4017 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 989-9291
Tuesday-Friday: Lunch; DinneriMonelli's menu changes depending on what's freshest. Fried soft shell crabs are a local fave. Go for the poached halibut in a garlic and herb butter sauce topped with lump crabmeat. IMonelli is the spot for Italian classics such as osso bucco, or deeply warming dishes like beef tenderloin that can come unstuffed or stuffed with Italian cheese and seafood stuffing finished in a veal reduction cognac cream sauce. Friday nights, enjoy blues entertainment in the back room; it's a great place for an intimate supper.
- JOLIE'S LOUISIANA BISTRO www.jolieslouisianabistro.com
507 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 504-2382
Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: BrunchThis bistro's devotion to procuring locally sourced goods, from honey to fish to chicken to eggs, cannot be denied: the menu has two sides, one with what foods are offered and the flip side has every local purveyor listed so you can know not just how your food is prepared when you choose it, but where it comes from. The Zapp's Crawtator-crusted drum is a sure bet, but if you're feeling a little adventurous, go for the roasted bone marrow that comes out still in the bone. The pork chop is legendary, and it comes with the sweet potato and andouille hash, which is to die for.
- MAZEN'S RESTAURANT www.mazens.com
5818 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 769-4440
Monday-Saturday: DinnerContinental cuisine meets Mediterranean specialties. French stars such as a delicate crepe filled with creamy lump crabmeat, herb-crusted seared tuna and fried asparagus, and Lebanese nibbles hummus and kibbe all are offered as starters. On any given day, one fresh fish will stand in for every treatment on the menu - sauteed, grilled or toasted, and then offered with a variety of sauces. Mazen's steaks follow the same principle; sauce choices are wine reductions or hollandaise along with a generous topping of lump crabmeat. Steak Fenstermaker is a 14 oz. bone-in filet grilled and served with their homemade seasoning with a fresh squeeze of lemon. Don't skip the hot dessert souffles, pistachio, chocolate or Grand Marnier, made to order, (don't forget to ask for them when you order your entree).
- MR. LESTER'S STEAKHOUSE www.cypressbayou.com
832 Martin Luther King Road, Charenton (Map) - 923-7408
Wednesday-Saturday: DinnerIt's a testament to the intimate environment, excellent service, lavish portions, fresh-baked artisan breads and an extensive wine list, as well as the prime beef, that has folks driving more than an hour down to Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton to eat at Mr. Lester's. Aged prime rib Fridays and Saturdays, filets, porterhouse steaks and a chateaubriand for two can be pepper-crusted and all are grilled to temperature, ensuring the proper degree of doneness for each steak. The wine list is equally exacting.
- NASH'S RESTAURANT www.nashsrestaurant.com
101 E. Second St., Broussard (Map) - 839-9333
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerNash's is a step back in time: The restaurant is located in a 19th-century mansion in Broussard, and the dishes are flashbacks of old-style Italian cooking. The veal and spinach cannelloni is a local fave as is the signature Veal Orleans, baby veal topped by jumbo lump crabmeat in a cream sauce. Don't miss the unctuous shrimp and spinach lasagne. Nash's stands by its steaks; a house recommendation is the Pepper Steak, a New York strip, grilled and served with a demi glace.
- PAMPLONA TAPAS BAR www.pamplonatapas.com
631 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 232-0070
Tuesday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: DinnerHemingway, bullfights and flamenco dancing. Stepping through the door at Pamplona is like crossing a magic portal transporting you to Spain. The food is served tapas style, on small plates that give a diner the opportunity to taste many dishes. The beef carpaccio salad is not to be missed, nor is the award-winning paella - or the duck fat fries, for that matter. When it comes to tapas, get the morcilla-quail egg - black boudin and a fried quail egg that is bite-sized perfection you may not want to share. There is a $9.95 lunch special during the week, which changes daily. A terrific range of Spanish wines dominates the vino offerings, and innovative cocktails, including an Absinthe collection, are house specialities. And for heaven's sake, try the sangria.
- RUFFINO'S ON THE RIVER www.ruffinoslafayette.com
921 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette (Map) - 706-7333
Daily: DinnerThis restaurant has roots extending across the Basin from Baton Rouge and for good reason - Ruffino's on the River delivers the same caliber cuisine right here in Lafayette. Perched on the Vermilion River, diners can start their evening at the bar overlooking the water while enjoying a cocktail and try the crabmeat cheesecake as a starter. It's baked jumbo lump crabmeat with Italian cheeses and topped with a creole meuniere sauce. For dinner, get the cedar plank redfish - redfish baked on a cedar plank and topped with fresh pesto, sliced tomatoes and a balsamic syrup. Save room for the fluffy, pink cotton candy that is complimentary at the end of every meal.
- RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE www.ruthschris.com
620 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 237-6123
Daily: Dinner; Friday: LunchThe bar is discretely dark and has comfy armchairs, best for deep conversations and icy martinis. Start with another kind of martini - the Crabtini served in a martini glass, or the Asian seared ahi tuna. Its steaks are smooth like butter, of course, served sizzling hot straight from the broiler and begging for a big California cab from Ruth's Chris' superb wine list. Sides include creamy potatoes au gratin, asparagus with hollandaise, and creamed spinach. Desserts are just as classic, like the creme brulee or white chocolate bread pudding. Ruth's Chris has also changed to a seasonal menu to better reflect what is freshest in Louisiana. Stop by for happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with select cocktails and appetizers for $7.
- STEAMBOAT WAREHOUSE www.steamboatwarehouse.com
525 N. Main St., Washington (Map) - 826-7227
Tuesday-Saturday: Dinner; Sunday: LunchThe town of Washington, settled in 1720, is a quick and pleasant drive from the Hub City. The restaurant has been around since 1977 after being restored from the riverboat warehouse it once was and overlooks Bayou Courtableau. Chef and owner Jason Huguet has a traditional menu with lots of flair and flavor. The setting is gorgeous with the restaurant opening up to a large patio that spills toward the river. There are cottages to rent nearby, making it ideal for receptions.
- VILLAGE Cafe www.villagecafelafayette.com
1 DeGaulle Square, Lafayette (Map) - 981-8085
Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday: BrunchLunch appeals to all types of people, from those looking for a quick bite before going back to work, to those looking to chat over a glass of wine. Enjoy options from an eclectic menu such as the housemade bacon-topped meatloaf to the delicious Reuben. On the dinner menu, look for appetizers like pan-seared foie gras or the crowd favorite barbecue shrimp. Entrees change seasonally, so look for fresh local fish dishes, and beautiful steaks like an 8 oz. filet or newly added Lamb Ribeye. The walls are lined with bottles of wine, an indicator of Village Cafe's premier ptanding with the largest wine list in Lafayette. Be sure to try a wine paired by Sommelier Ben Leger to go with your delicious food from Chef Jeremy Conner.